Rangers striker Antonio Colak reckons a quickfire start was key on route to a comfortable 4-0 thrashing of ten-man Hearts as they Ibrox side moved top of the Scottish Premiership.
The Croatian frontman netted his tenth and eleventh goals of the campaign with two well-taken first-half strikers to put the visitors on course for a dominant win at Tynecastle.
Substitute Alfredo Morelos and winger Ryan Kent - scoring his first goal since March - added a touch of gloss to the scoreline as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side set themselves up nicely for a glamour Battle of Britain showdown against Liverpool on Tuesday night..
Hearts midfielder Cammy Devlin was sent off for a horrendous lunging challenge on Rabbi Matondo as the Light Blues leapfrogged Celtic by a solitary point for a brief period.
Speaking to Sky Sports post-match, a delighted Colak said: “It is always a difficult away game here at Hearts. We had the break and it is difficult to start but we wanted to set our standards really high.
“I think we started the game really well and scored fast goals and we controlled the game until the end.
“It was very important for us (to start quickly) because often in the season already we have created the chances but maybe we didn’t score the early goal.
“Today we did and it helped us a lot with our confidence and our style of play and after the red card we just had to control the game and go for the third and fourth goals.
“I’m really happy (to score) I am hungry, that is what I came for. I enjoy it and I just want more goals. I like to celebrate with our fans.
“Thanks to them for their support. We now have a short break and we look ahead to Tuesday.”
Looking ahead to facing Premier League side Liverpool as they continue their Champions League group stage campaign, Colak admitted: “We have to focus on ourselves.
“We know Anfield will be a difficult game but we just want to focus on ourselves and we’ll see how we get on.”