The closest I ever got to a knockout at Celtic Park was when a Paddy McCourt double-shuffle ended with myself and Darren Barr clattering into each other and seeing stars.
It was an embarrassing moment - and my record in the east end of Glasgow with Hearts was no better.
Sadly it was batterings all the way and I hated it. I still have nightmares about McCourt and that weird Cruyff turn he always did. It was the slowest you’d ever see but it worked every time!
You have to go back to before my time, 12 years and 21 games to be precise, for the last time the Jambos left Parkhead with a victory. Michael Stewart was the goal hero that night which says it all.
But it’s high time that changed. And I see no reason why Hearts can’t leave Celtic seeing double on Thursday night by following up their win at Tynecastle on the opening day of the season with another at Parkhead.
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Robbie Neilson ’s players have got to go there truly believing they can deliver a massive title blow to the Hoops in their own back yard.
Hearts shouldn’t fear Celtic. They shouldn’t fear Rangers either. And they’ve shown already they don’t.
This type of fixture suits Neilson’s side. If a team tries to play football against them it will allow Hearts to go and play against them. That’s what they are good at this season.
Celtic are free-flowing going forward but it’s still not clicked at the back for them and if Hearts can make the most of the opportunities that come their way then it could be a massive night.
It’s going to take big performances from big players but Hearts have that - look at Craig Gordon again in the 2-0 win over St Mirren on Saturday.
He was immense with six key saves but we’re almost tired of lavishing praise on the big man. Any successful team needs a brilliant goalkeeper and Craig is all that plus more. He’ll be relishing going back to Celtic Park in this form.
Stephen Kingsley is another and we need to talk abut his sensational free kick against St Mirren. Forget bend it like Beckham .. it’s now all about curve it like Kingsley.
It was no fluke because that’s his third this season.
I was lucky if I scored three in my whole career never mind a few months but I was always a head down, blooter it and hope for the best type of guy! I think three out of 300 found the net.
Kingsley’s technique is a thing of art and I don’t know how boys like that manage to do it.
To get it over the wall and back down with enough bend and pace to take it away from the keeper all the time making sure it hits the top corner is incredibly difficult.
To have someone with that ability in your team when you’re not playing well can change the game in an instant.
It’s something that requires hours an hours of practice after training and I believe that’s what Kingsley does so hat’s off to him.
I’d absolutely love to see him pull another one out the hat on Thursday.
Barrie McKay was the best player on the pitch against the Buddies, driving at defenders, going past players and he is another who can turn a game. They’ll need him carrying the ball up the park against Celtic.
And if Liam Boyce gets the service then I really believe this could be a big night for Hearts. It would be a huge marker if they can take all three points.
That would move them back above Celtic and, should Hibs get a result against Rangers the night before, would close the gap on the leaders too.
Does that mean I will be supporting Hibs on Wednesday? Ehhhh … no probably not. But I could settle for a rubbish 0-0!