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Ending Celtic's unbeaten run is one of the best feelings: Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty says that ending Celtic's historic run is one of the best feelings he has experienced in football.

The Northern Ireland forward was on target during Hearts' 4-0 victory in Edinburgh, the match that halted the Bhoys' 69 game unbeaten domestic run.

“I’m speechless to be honest," said Lafferty. "I’ve always said everything will click, we will gel together and smash a team. If someone was to tell me that team would be Celtic then I’d have laughed in their face. I have been lucky enough to have been on a winning side a few times against Celtic but this win is right up there as one of the best.

“To be in the team that stopped them from going 70 games without defeat is one of the best feelings I’ve been involved in.”

It was a result that will have caused more than a few gasps around the footballing world. But not, Lafferty revealed, inside the Hearts changing room.

 “The manager (Craig Levein) told us to be the team that stopped Celtic from going 70 games in a row," he said.

“Simple as that. He didn’t say much, he believes in the team and in every player. He said before the match that we would be the team to stop Celtic and we took that onto the pitch and beat them 4-0.

"We have worked hard all week, we watched clips of Celtic against Anderlecht and how they pressed them and kept them on the backfoot.

“We spoke the whole week about trying to put them under pressure from the first minute until the last and that’s what we did. I think they struggle when players get into their faces."

Lafferty's strike was his seventh Scottish Premiership goal of the season. And he seems like he's oozing confidence.

He said: “In the first game of the season, I didn’t really fancy their two centre-halfs. Obviously, they are great centre-halfs, but I knew that when you are up against them and put them under pressure there are mistakes in them. I have done that, got a goal and gave other people chances as well.”

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