CRAIG LEVEIN insists Celtic got lucky last season when they faced Hearts in Edinburgh in May.

The Hoops, who lost their 69-game unbeaten domestic run at Tynecastle in December last year, won 3-1 just a week after securing their seventh successive title in the 5-0 runaway victory over Sevco Rangers.

But the former Scotland boss believes they were let off the hook against his team by a wrong decision from the referee.

Levein, planning for the visit of the champions tomorrow afternoon, said: “To a certain extent, we had some success last season, particularly in the two home matches.

“When I watched back over both games they were actually very similar.

“The scoreline wasn’t, but in the second match we got a perfectly good goal disallowed to go 1-0 up and I’m sure that would have made a big difference in the match.

“That was a sore one to get a poor refereeing decision like that which could have decided the outcome of the game.”

Kyle Lafferty scored the opening goal before the Hoops roared back to win with goals from Dedryck Boyata, Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair.

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