Celtic 3 Hearts 3 (Celtic wins 4:3 after penalty shootout): How the Celtic players did in the final thriller


CONOR HAZARD 6: The youngster deserves a great deal of praise for two penalties that made him the shooting hero, particularly after a very shaky game performance. He doesn’t mask the shortcomings of his overall results, but when it counted, he held his nerve.

KRISTOFFER AJER 7: Was again used at right-back and ran up and down the field in the first half. White was heeled over for Boyce’s goal and had less impact after the break, but as he scored the penalty to win the game, he showed nerves.

CHRIS JULLIEN 5: A great mix-up with Duffy presented a great chance for Ginelli to equalize. Boyce couldn’t get past her.

SHANE DUFFY 5: In the penalty area, harassed Hearts and won a penalty when he pushed Berra’s arm away. But Boyce was caught under the ball at the goal and a lack of communication with Jullien almost gave the equalizer to Hearts.

GREG TAYLOR 7: Preference over Laxalt was granted and played well up front, offering himself on the left time and again. The stick was often taken for the last ball, but it was always on the mark.

SCOTT BROWN 7: At the expense of Soro, the captain was called back into the starting eleven, and strutted across the pitch in the first half. The second half, as he tried to avoid Hearts’ momentum, was a different story. To force Griffiths’ goal, he attacked the ball.

CALLUM MCGREGOR 6: Showed some good midfield approach, but was unable to make a game mark.

RYAN CHRISTIE 7: Almost moved from hero to villain. He opened his body and scored the opening goal in the top corner with a brilliant flick, but was forced to save a penalty in the shootout before being saved by Hazard.

DAVID TURNBULL 7: The intruder caused all kinds of problems and, after an usually brutal corner turned inside, Celtic won a penalty. A nice score, but after Hearts had equalized, the ball ended up with Rogic.

MOI ELYOUNOUSSI 6: Some good runs from behind, but the final ball was missing. Some good plays, but he wasn’t as much a target threat as he’s been recently.

ODSONNE EDOUARD 7: He does not lack confidence anymore. He believed in himself when he shot the Panenka penalty past former colleague Gordon, but if he had been a little more confident, he might have scored a hat-trick.


TOM ROGIC 5: Was substituted after Hearts equalized and almost conceded at the end of extra time to change the course of the game.

DIEGO LAXALT 5: Was replaced and picked up where Taylor left off for the remaining eight minutes of regulation time.

JEREMIE FRIMPONG 4: Came with Laxalt into the game but had no real impact.

MIKEY JOHNSTON 4: Was replaced and had some good scenes at the beginning of overtime.

LEIGH GRIFFITHS 6: He felt he had a standard goal to seal the treble, but Hearts had other thoughts.

ISMAILA SORO 4: Came on in extra time, but there were other suggestions from Hearts.


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