Hearts midfielder Ross Callachan admits mum laughed at him over Celtic optimism


Hearts midfielder Ross Callachan admits his mum just laughed at him when he told her the Tynecastle outfit would end Celtic’s 69-game unbeaten run last month.

And the former Raith Rovers player is hoping lightning can strike twice as Craig Levein’s side look to replicate that stunning feat with victory at Parkhead this evening.

The Gorgie outfit shattered the Hoops ‘invincibles’ tag in a 4-0 thrashing on December 17 but Callachan admits mother Sam did not share his pre-match optimism when he expressed his confidence in causing an upset.

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Callachan said: “I actually had a funny feeling we could do something that day.

“I even said to my mum before the game that I thought we would win and she just laughed at me.

“She’s my biggest fan and usually agrees with anything I say but not that day.

“But with the game plan we had that day and the way the game started we felt they were there for the taking and when we went 2-0 up, I thought we were cruising.

“They always try and play from the back, we pressed them all over the pitch and were winning the ball virtually on the edge of their box – so I thought we’d get chances.

“We scored from it and scored again but they are so good that it was only when it went 4-0 that we knew we’d done it.

“I never thought I’d be part of the team that ended Celtic’s Invincible run so it was great to be part of the day and the occasion.

“They will definitely be hurting because nobody likes to lose 4-0, especially given the incredible run they were on.

“They would have been disappointed to lose it in that manner and they’ll be out to make sure nothing like that happens again.”