'Premiership should be scared next season', 'Couldn't be prouder', 'Worst penalties you'll see' : Fans react to Hearts Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic

Optimism was high for Jambos going into this afternoon’s Scottish Cup final against Celtic.

Hearts' Christophe Berra and Peter Haring collect runners-up medals after the William Hill Scottish Cup final (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

The Hoops had seen some indifferent form over the past couple of months, while Robbie Neilson’s side sit on top of the Championship.

However after a close final, the Premiership side retained their trophy in the sequel to the 2019 showpiece – only this time the result was a lot closer, needing penalties to separate the sides after two comebacks from the Jam Tarts.

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@stephenpilton_: “The Premiership should be scared for next season. If this Hearts team can stay relatively intact boy they could be class!”

@CraigMoncur: “Not gonna lie, I am absolutely gutted but it was one of the most entertaining cup finals I have seen. Win the Championship, get back where we belong and continue to build. Odds were stacked against us, Scotland is an uneven playing field, Quadruple Treble proves that.”

@Graeme01266284: “Couldn’t be prouder to be a Jambo tonight. Wanted us to leave everything out there and we did and more. We deserved more but to take them all the way to penalties having been 2-0 and 3-2 down I am just so proud. Now let’s go and win this championship and get back where we belong.”

@Deggs2012: “All these half-time doom-mongers - I was proud of that performance and we lost, it’s football. Please, PLEASE, take it out on every team in the Championship. Get us back to where we belong.”

@226Ando: “Take every penny we have and please give it to @JoshGinnelly7 to stay. What a player.”

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Hearts at Hampden Park, on December 20, 2020,(Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

@sc1874: “Look, really good performance, amazing comeback, and ultimately very unlucky. But again it’s papering over the cracks somewhat. Phrases like “legends” and “never been so proud”. Rein it in. It was good but not good enough. Still a lot to do this year and next.”

@BarntnDiscoPunk: “I'm trying to keep quiet cos if it wasn't for Kingsley and Wighton we wouldn't have been in the final. And I don't want to be that guy. But they were two of the worst penalties you're likely see. If that was a youth player you were coaching you'd be furious.”

@CraigTu54793825: “Celtic got out of jail. Lucky, so they were. Drowning my sorrows tonight.”

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Hearts' players are left dejected at full time during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Hearts at Hampden Park, on December 20, 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)