Scott Brown has refused to blame fatigue for Celtic’s 4-0 defeat to Hearts on Sunday, and has warned the rest of the league that the Bhoys will be returning to winning ways soon.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the British record unbeaten run of 69 games was brought to a halt, the Celtic and Scotland captain claimed that the Hoops can “deal” with losing matches.

He said: “We’ve got a big enough squad, we can deal with this, we’ve got a lot of people coming back with a couple of injuries.

“We’ll be looking to kick-on from now.”

The Hoops’ unbeaten run saw Brown lead them to a first domestic treble since 2001 and a first unbeaten league season since the 1890s.

This season has saw the Bhoys retain the Betfred Cup but a series of indifferent results in the league and in Europe resulted in the loss to Hearts.

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Despite the fact that Celtic haven’t managed to win four league games in a row this season, they still top the Scottish Premiership table, leading Aberdeen by two points with a game in hand.

The game in hand is played on Wednesday against bottom of the league Partick Thistle, the top two teams meet at Celtic Park on the 23rd of December in what is shaping up to be the biggest league game of the season so far.

The Hoops defeated Aberdeen 3-0 at Pittodrie in October in the first game between the teams this season.

In other Celtic news, Mikael Lustig is looking forward to the game against Partick Thistle

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