Lawrence Shankland admits the decision to reduce Celtic to 10 men against Hearts seemed 'pretty harsh'.

The captain celebrated as he helped the Jambos record successive victories over the Hoops for the first time in 18 years.

The Scotland international scored his side's second of the afternoon, following on from Jorge Grant's earlier penalty.

It was an action-packed first half at Tynecastle, with Adam Idah seeing his penalty saved by Zander Clark before winger Yang was shown a red card following a VAR review for a high foot on Alex Cochrane.

It was this decision that sparked controversy, with Brendan Rodgers insisting there was no force on Yang's part. 

Steven Naismith reckons the call made by referee Don Robertson and John Beaton on VAR was correct. 

However, Hearts skipper Shankland admits, from his view on the pitch, it seemed a harsh call. 

"You never really know to be honest," he said when asked about the refereeing decisions on Sky Sports. "The game obviously stops at different times. The two incidents were obviously the red card and the penalty.

"I've not seen the red card but at the time I thought it was pretty harsh, to be honest. But I've not seen the contact so I'm only commenting from afar.

"You take it and ride your luck when decisions go for you and we did that and I thought it was a good performance on the back of that, the way we punished them with 10 men and won the game."

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Rodgers was left livid after the match, as he took aim at the officials for 'costing' the champions the game.

He said: "I need to give credit to my players because they fought from the very first whistle. They made a real competitive game of it. 

"I never like to comment on officials, it's nothing something I do, I've been stood here long enough with you lot over many years. But that cost us today, the officiating, to John Beaton on VAR, that was really, really poor."