Hearts left-back Stephen Kingsley says repeating the feat of Brendan Rodgers’ famous Celtic squad was always going to be an uphill task for the Jambos.

Robbie Neilson’s men are expected to waltz to the Championship crown this term and had won every game this season prior to Friday’s meeting with Dunfermline. They were beaten 2-1 by the Pars.

Dunfermline v Hearts - Scottish Championship

A disappointing defeat. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Kingsley got a goal back for Hearts but it wasn’t enough as a first defeat of the season was had. Celtic managed to go undefeated a few seasons ago but Kingsley says similar at Tynecastle was a big ask.

“Hearts are the favourites to win this league,” he said. “We know that and we accept the pressure that comes with it. But it’s not going to be a win every week.

“Eight wins on the bounce was brilliant and we wanted to continue that but, realistically, you are going to have some downs. We knew it was going to be tough and we had chances, just never took them.

Dunfermline v Hearts - Scottish Championship

Comparisons to Celtic were off the mark. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Very seldom do you have a season that is as successful as, say, Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic. It’s about how you react to the inevitable dips and thankfully we have a game on Tuesday.

“That means we don’t have time to dwell on the defeat. We need to pick ourselves up and clean up the mistakes. Alloa is massive now.

“We had a chat on Saturday about what went wrong and the areas we can improve on and then build on the positives.”

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