Celtic secured a narrow victory over Hearts in this SPFL Development League match thanks to a first half goal by Jamie McCart. The visitors were deserving of their slender lead at half time, but Hearts probably deserved to take something from the game after a good showing after the break.
After kick-off both teams immediately set about trying to play from the back, which is exactly what you want and expect to see at this level.
Hearts threatened first when Lewis Moore’s direct play set up Alistair Roy, but he couldn’t direct his shot goal wards.
Celtic soon took control and looked threatening down the right hand side in particular. Full-back Sam Wardrop rampaged up and down the wing. One cross from him was deflected behind for a corner and another set up Ciaran Lafferty for a header.
Just before Celtic scored, Hearts nearly got one against the run of play. Dale Baxter won the ball in midfield and slipped it to Roy whose shot was just wide.
The only goal came on 28 minutes from a free kick. Joseph Thomson swung a cross in from the left and McCart was at the back post to turn it in.
Kelby Mason kept it to 1-0, getting a firm hand behind Wardrop’s header. Ian Smith came close at the other end, cutting inside to send a strike inches wide.