Pat Bonner has conceded that regardless of the circumstances, Celtic missed a big opportunity to change the direction of the title race at Tynecastle on Sunday.


Jorge Grant and Lawrence Shankland scored to help Hearts beat Celtic 2-0 at Tynecastle in a big Scottish Premiership game.


Rangers’ shock home defeat to Motherwell on Saturday meant that Celtic would have moved back to the top of the table if they had beaten Hearts.




However, Adam Idah missed an early penalty for Celtic and Hyun-jun Yang was sent off in the 16th minute for a high boot on Alex Cochrane.


Bonner admitted that circumstances went against Celtic at Tynecastle on Sunday, but insisted that it was still a massive missed opportunity.



The Celtic legend says that they failed to grab the initiative that was handed to them following Rangers’ defeat on Saturday.


Bonner said on BBC Radio Scotland: “It was a big opportunity for Celtic after yesterday when everyone sort of said that it gives us a real chance.



“Things went against them, no question; circumstances went against them and Brendan will probably mention that.


“But at the end of the day, it was there for them to go and put on a performance and get that real opportunity that was given to them and they failed to take it.”


Celtic will be in Scottish Cup action next weekend when they will take on Livingston in the quarter-finals at Parkhead.