A swashbuckling Celtic display saw off Hearts at Parkhead but manager Ange Postecoglou was left with an injury headache.

A dominant performance brought only a 1-0 win, Kyogo Furuhashi supplying the dagger, but the hosts were not without casualties.

Anthony Ralston, Jota and Stephen Welsh were all forced off with injuries, the last thing their manager wanted to see with some big games looming.

Celtic made it eight unbeaten and cut the gap to four points, but anxiety will now reign as to the fate of those three key men.

Postecoglou welcomed Tom Rogic and Carl Starfelt back to the starting XI as Liam Boyce was left on the bench for the visitors.

The hosts were on the front foot from the off, with Josh Ginnelly scrambling across in the box to stop James Forrest getting his shot away.

The Hearts man couldn't deny the winger a few minutes later but he didn't have to after an extraordinary miss.

Jota's shot was saved by Craig Gordon but the goalkeeper couldn't hold on and Forrest was on hand to follow it up.

With the goal gaping though the Scotland international got his feet all wrong and somehow toe-poked it onto the post from about a yard out.

Gordon didn't cover himself in glory there but he made amends as he was at full stretch to tip a rasping Callum McGregor effort around the post.

There was nothing he could do though as Celtic took the lead just after the half hour mark.

Anthony Ralston was afforded too much space on the right and he sent a teasing ball across the face of goal.

It was an invitation Kyogo wasn't going to pass up as he dinked the ball past Gordon from close range, though Hearts could well ask if the Japanese star was offside when the cross was made.

That proved to Ralston's last real involvement as he was withdrawn with injury shortly after for Adam Montgomery, a change which saw Josip Juranovic move over to his more familiar role on the right.

It was almost complete domination by Celtic in the first half as they sent in 11 shots and allowed Hearts just 28 per cent possession.

That pattern continued after the break, with the hooped shirts setting up camp in the Jambos half.

It didn't take long for Neilson to turn to Boyce, with the striker introduced on 55 minutes for the ineffective Ben Woodburn.

No matter how dominant they are this Celtic team will always give you a chance and it was a gilt-edged one they served up to Stephen Kingsley.

The full-back was left completely unmarked on a corner and had only to nod past Joe Hart but he inexplicably glanced it well wide of the far post.

Having welcomed back Rogic and Bitton the last thing Postecoglou wanted to see was a fresh spate of injuries but he was hit with a one-two punch.

First Jota pulled up clutching his hamstring after a sprint and then, moments later, Welsh went down and indicated he'd have to come off too.

Celtic could still have put a bow on the result when James Forrest went through one-on-one but he was denied by Gordon's outstretched foot.

Despite some late Hearts pressure it was a comfortable win for Celtic, but they leave with as many fresh injuries as points.

3 talking points

Ange-ball in full swing

It was a shaky start for Ange Postecoglou but he always said it would take time to implement his ideas.

A rocky start sparked fears he might not get the time but Thursday night showed just how far this Celtic team has come.

They were beaten by Hearts on the opening day but - Kingsley header aside - never looked in danger here.

What's more they played some real high quality, high tempo stuff and really should have scored more.

The recent draw with Livingston colours things but looking at the bigger picture Celtic are now unbeaten in eight and have dropped just two points in that run.

On that form they can absolutely challenge for the title - if they can keep everyone fit.

It's a bold strategy, Neilson

They may have left Liam Boyce on the bench but that doesn't mean Hearts were timid here.

Robbie Neilson set up with a bold 4-2-3-1 system - albeit looking more like a 4-5-1 out of possession - but it didn't pay off for him.

The Jambos appeared to be looking to crowd Callum McGregor in the centre of the park but, with little pressure on their backline, Celtic were able to dominate the ball and enjoyed 71 per cent possession in the first half.

Madden-ing decisions

They say they even out over the course of a season and based on this 90 minutes it may well be true.

Celtic were well worth their opening goal but Kyogo looked well offside when Anthony Ralston picked him out with a fine cross.

The flag DID go up in the second half on a Celtic free-kick when Carl Starfelt was adjudged to have strayed but, while the Swede messed up his lay-off anyway, he was at least a yard on.

It's easy to pile on referees but neither looked a particularly difficult decision and Bobby Madden was not helped by his assistants.