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Celtic Wallop Hearts 4-0 To Break A 50-Year-Old Unbeaten Record

Celtic tightened their grip on the Scottish Premiership trophy with a comprehensive 4-0 win against Hearts on Sunday.

The absences of strikers Moussa Dembélé and Leigh Griffiths were not felt in the slightest as goals from Callum McGregor, Patrick Roberts and a Scott Sinclair double gave Brendan Rodgers’ side the win, which leaves them 22 points clear of second-placed Rangers with sixteen games remaining.

Somewhat more remarkably, the victory now means that they have won 21 of their 22 league games this season, the only slight blip coming with a 2-2 draw at Inverness back in September. They have won the 17 games since.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 29: Callum McGregor of Celtic scores the opening goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park Stadium on January 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

They have now gone 27 domestic games unbeaten, one more that Jock Stein’s famous 1967 “Lisbon Lions” side that ended the season as European Cup winners.

Although their early Champions League exit means that there will be no repeat of that magnificent season (not that there was much of a chance of it anyway, truth be told), it is still a fine achievement for Celtic and manager Brendan Rodgers in his first season at Parkhead.

Considering Rodgers’ first match in charge at Celtic ended in a 1-0 defeat to Lincoln Red Imps in Gibraltar last July, things have improved dramatically since.

That being said, the gulf in class between Rodgers’ team and those below them (including Rangers) has never been more evident – a Celtic side missing some key players were still able to destroy Hearts with little fuss.

Attention will now turn to the prospect of maintaining this form and perhaps finishing the season unbeaten. On Sunday’s evidence, there would be little surprise if they achieved that feat this year. As it is, they will have the league wrapped up well before easter unless something dramatic happens to their form in the meantime.

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