Andy Halliday says Hearts have turned their attention to Aberdeen after a Premier Sports Cup elimination to Celtic on Sunday.

Robbie Neilson’s side were beaten 3-2 by Celtic, a tough first half in which Hearts found themselves two goals down the catalyst for defeat. It’s the Scottish Premiership side’s first loss in seven matches ahead of hosting Aberdeen in the league at Tynecastle. Hearts defeated Celtic in the league earlier this month and Halliday backs Neilson’s changes.

Heart of Midlothian v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Halliday suffered defeat to Celtic with Hearts. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

He said (OG): “Any team in the country that goes 2-0 down to Celtic at half-time can easily crumble. The boys came out and battled hard in the second half. Celtic still dominated the game in the second half but we caused them more problems and showed going forward there was a bit more belief.

“You always say in football you need to keep a level head. We’ve lost one game in seven and it was away to Celtic in the Cup. The focus is back on to the league now because Aberdeen is a massive game for us. Aberdeen are two from two in the league and we’re two from two in the league.

“If we went with the same style and formation you could have been even more open. To be fair, the way the gaffer changed it in the second half worked well. Celtic still had the best of the second half but we won the second half 2-1.”

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