Ledley backs Bhoys to bounce back

Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley has backed his side to bounce back after their long winning run came to an end against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday.

The Hoops looked set to record their 21st consecutive win in domestic competition when they took the lead through Anthony Stokes, but Hoops debutant Andre Blackman turned the ball past his own goalkeeper when trying to block a Gavin Rae shot to give the Dons a share of the spoils.

It was the first time Celtic had dropped points since a goalless draw against Hibs on October 29.

Stand-in skipper Ledley said: “We obviously wanted to continue our form and get the win but it didn’t happen for us against Aberdeen. We know we didn’t perform as well as we can do. The record has gone but there are still trophies to be won.

“It shows just how far we have come as a team that we are disappointed with a point. We know we have to bounce back with a win next weekend.”

Celtic still lead second-place Rangers by 21 points.

The financially-stricken Gers suffered yet more misery as they went down to their third straight defeat against Hearts at Ibrox, losing 2-1.

Steve Davis put the Gers ahead just before half-time but Ian Black equalised for Hearts with a 25-yard strike on the hour before Jamie Hammil added a second from a penalty rebound to seal the win.

Motherwell now trail Rangers by just three points after beating bottom club Dunfermline 2-0.

Michael Higdon put Motherwell ahead in the 64th minute before Henrik Ojamaa made it 2-0 six minutes later.

Kilmarnock and St Johnstone both ended their goalless draw at Rugby Park with 10 men after Dean Shiels and Cillian Sheridan saw red while Hibs and St Mirren also drew 0-0 at Easter Road.

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