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Celtic break 'Lisbon Lions' record in Hearts win

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Celtic break 'Lisbon Lions' record in Hearts win

Celtic break 'Lisbon Lions' record in Hearts win

Russell Cheyne

REUTERS

Scott Sinclair scored twice as Celtic surpassed a 50-year-old club record in style with a 4-0 thrashing of Hearts on Sunday to extend their unbeaten domestic run to 27 matches.

Scott Sinclair scored twice as Celtic surpassed a 50-year-old club record in style with a 4-0 thrashing of Hearts on Sunday to extend their unbeaten domestic run to 27 matches.

Callum McGregor, only playing due to an injury to Stuart Armstrong in the warm-up, opened the scoring in the first half before late goals from Sinclair and Patrick Roberts made things comfortable for the Scottish champions.

A stoppage-time penalty from Sinclair sealed a 17th league victory in a row as the Hoops eclipsed the record set in Celtic's greatest ever season -- the 'Lisbon Lions' 1966-67 campaign, which ended with a clean sweep of trophies including the European Cup.

Not so tough at the top

The win moves Brendan Rodgers' side, who have already won the League Cup, 22 points clear of Rangers at the top of the table as they remain firmly on course for a domestic treble.

The Hoops boss said it was a huge honour to set a new record.

'It's an incredible run that the players are on. Every accolade that they get they deserve because of their focus, the spirit that they have fostered within the team and the quality of football that they are producing,' Rodgers said.

'The players I thought were magnificent today.'

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