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There will come a time for Mikael Lustig to look back with pride on how Celtic rewrote the history books through their epic 69-match unbeaten domestic run.

"So to sit there and talk about a defeat for the first time domestically shows how well they've worked".

However, first-half goals from Harry Cochrane and Kyle Lafferty, coupled with a second-half brace from Manuel Milinkovic, helped Hearts to their biggest victory over the Glasgow giants since 1895.

Indeed, the 31-year-old's own unbeaten domestic sequence is even longer than the 19 months Celtic had enjoyed collectively. "It's a thoroughly deserved win; they were the better team".

"But I'm proud of the players, we'll press the reset button, analyse the game and try to win in midweek (at home to Partick Thistle)".

'I don't want to blame the pitch too much and Hearts won it fairly but the way we want to play football is easier to do on a better pitch, ' responded Lustig.

"Of course it's a sore one when you are beaten like that", Rodgers said, "but they (Celtic's players) can hold their heads up".

"They have been absolutely unbelievable over those 18 months".


Inside and around him, individual errors from colleagues were central to the Hearts goals.

"It's the first time in 69 game we couldn't score and four goals is not good news".

"We didn't cope with the direct balls from Hearts", Rodgers admitted.

And he's confident the Hoops will very quickly go back on a winning run as they seek to maintain their grip on every domestic trophy.

"Lafferty was a problem for us, first half in particular, with his physicality".

"It's in the past now and one of the key things with success is looking forward".

They have already retained the League Cup this term, beating Motherwell in November's final. "It was just a case of saying remember what this feels like - that obviously hurts - but also to remind them that what they've done is absolutely incredible. It's over now and we need to get ready to go again".


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