Celtic information: Brendan Rodgers reacts to Hearts rout, Craig Levein points apology to followers

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CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers believes his side are getting back to their best after a thumping win against Hearts.

Celtic 5 Hearts 0: Brendan Rodgers reacts to thumping win, Craig Levein issues apology

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and Hearts gaffer Craig Levein on the touchline (Pic: GETTY)

Odsonne Edouard (2), Filip Benkovic, James Forrest and Ryan Christie were on target as the Bhoys reduced Hearts’ lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table to one point.

Rodgers said: ”Today typified our achievements over the past two and half years.

“We’ve been in European competition playing really difficult games and to produce what we’ve produced today shows our hunger and a sense that the team’s back. Some of our attacking combination play was unbelievable.

“I think we’re getting back to the level we want to be at. We’re getting our flow back and aggressive going forward.

“When you win games, it gives you confidence, but we really look forward to our game here in the Europa League.”

Hearts boss Craig Levein took the blame for his side’s defeat – their second loss to Celtic in the space of six days having been thrashed in the Scottish League Cup last Sunday.

“The manager’s not the brightest,” Levein said. “I made a decision today to try and frustrate Celtic and try and hit them on the counter-attack, but we were far too passive and I got it wrong.

“I felt actually, although we lost two goals in the second-half, I actually felt much better.

“To be fair to them, they ran their socks off and put in a much better performance.

“Rather than try to be clever next time, I’ll just leave it as is. It’s my fault, I apologise to the supporters.”

Hearts will hope to get back to winning ways when they host Kilmarnock next Saturday.

Celtic face RB Leipzig in the Europa League on Thursday before travelling to Livingston three days later. 

Rodgers’ side have a game in hand on Hearts and a four-point buffer to third-placed Rangers.

Steven Gerrard’s men scored a late win at St Mirren in the lunchtime kick-off.

Daniel Candeias and Alfredo Morelos netted in the final 10 minutes.

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