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Stephen Craigan Column: Celtic's history men have made every Scottish team better

Former Motherwell defender and BT Sport pundit reflects on the end of Celtic's incredible unbeaten run and another demoralising afternoon for Rangers.

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Celtic's remarkable 69-match domestic unbeaten run finally came to an end in incredible fashion as Hearts walloped them 4-0 at Tynecastle.

The shellshocked Hoops will be licking their wounds but should use the defeat as the foundation to launch another imperious sequence of results in the second half of the campaign.

Hearts have taken a while to get going under Craig Levein but Sunday was a day that signalled the Edinburgh giants are on the right track.

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Elsewhere, Rangers couldn’t make it five wins in a row as St Johnstone triumphed at Ibrox for the first time in 46 years, battling back from Alfredo Morelos' early opener to claim a 3-1 success.

Aberdeen blew Hibernian away with a stunning 4-1 victory live on BT Sport to open up a nine-point gap over them in the table, with Gary Mackay-Steven grabbing a hat-trick for the Dons.

Hibs boss Neil Lennon claimed Cowdenbeath (bottom of Scottish League Two) would have beaten his side - a damning verdict on his players at the end of a week when they pushed both halves of the Old Firm close.

Hamilton beat Ross County 3-2 in a fiery match that saw both teams have a man sent off, with Jamie Lindsay's last-minute own-goal eventually securing maximum points for the Accies.

Kilmarnock made it back-to-back home wins as they narrowly defeated Motherwell thanks to a Scott Boyd goal.

Dundee won the battle of the bottom two as they beat Partick Thistle 3-0 at Dens Park, with Sofien Moussa (twice from the penalty spot) and Mark O'Hara supplying the goals.

Neil McCann got the response he wanted after his side lost in midweek against Hearts but Thistle stay bottom after another poor result.

All good things come to an end

Rather than focus on the negative, let’s take this opportunity to applaud Brendan Rodgers and Celtic.

This group of players will go down in Scottish football history as a truly great team.

Rodgers has reinvigorated Celtic and taken them to a level many thought wasn’t possible, so they deserve all the accolades they get.

The Hoops may have lost emphatically against Hearts but 69 domestic games unbeaten is incredible.

They have challenged every team in Scotland to be better and although it's taken 18 months for one of them to finally crack the code, I genuinely see them being better equipped now to rise to the task again in future.

This result won’t derail Celtic in their pursuit of trophies, but it may just encourage the rest of the top flight as they chase them down. We may have a title race after all!

Reality check as Rangers revert to type

Rangers losing 3-1 at home to St Johnstone typified their season and where the club is at currently.

Momentum building after four wins on the spin and positive vibes coming from the supporters, yet the team flop in a game everyone expected them to win.

They may have improved recently but the loss to St Johnstone is a reality check - a surefire sign of how far they are away from being a title-chasing team.

Churning out wins and putting pressure on everyone else is the key to success but all they’ve done is put pressure on themselves and highlighted their own frailties.

The question still remains: is Graeme Murty the man to lead the club forward in the short, medium and long term?

The answer isn’t straightforward but results like Saturday's certainly cast doubt on the interim manager and underline the need for a proven figurehead to lead the club back to where they expect to be.

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