After much anticipation, Sunday’s Scottish League Cup semi-final between Hearts and Celtic didn’t live up to a lot.
The Edinburgh outfit are top of the Scottish Premiership, with the Glasgow giants in third, but there is no denying which is the better side.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers fielded a fairly depleted side against Craig Levein’s men, but the difference was still noticeable.
While the first half was not a particularly enthralling affair, and Celtic’s first two goals were a contentious penalty and an egregious error by Hearts’ goalkeeper Zdeněk Zlámal, the current champions were clearly superior. They dominated possession and the overall game as they made a huge statement.
Rodgers’ men currently sit six points behind Hearts in the Scottish Premiership with a game in hand to be played this week. While the table favours the Edinburgh outfit, Sunday clearly showed where the balance of power lies in Scotland.
With The Hoops facing bottom placed Dundee this week, it is more than likely that they will get the three points. That means they will only be trailing Hearts by the three points, which seems piecemeal with so much of the season to come.
Furthermore, with bitter rivals Rangers slipping up against Aberdeen in their semi-final, it also suggests that The Bhoys are a step above Steven Gerrard’s men when it comes to big games. These are all factors that favour Celtic, and mean that they are not only on course to win their seventh domestic trophy in a row, but bag the domestic treble for the third year running.