's contribution was important but maybe the red-carding of Hibs defender Franck Sauzee was even more so.
One thing that has changed is the added competition for places in Blinker
's area of the field.
revealed: "Henrik and I have a very good understanding not just on the pitch but off it too.
And then right on the break, a superb stop from a blistering McNamara effort after Burley had set up Blinker
for the cross.
With Celtic's squad now stronger than at any time since Blinker
's arrival two years ago there is a clear and present danger that his stint in Scottish football could be reaching an inauspicious end.
was valued at pounds 600,000 when he moved north from Sheffield Wednesday as part of the deal which sent bad boy Paolo De Canio south.
The critical point though was the 35th-minute ordering-off as Blinker
elbowed Kevin Christie in the face, right in front of referee Willie Young.
Stephane Adam scored two opportunist goals for a Hearts side which showed plenty of appetite to avoid the drop, but Viduka, aided by fellow scorers Blinker
and Vidar Riseth, proved just too strong.
- the former Feyenoord winger - said: "While we have won just two Premier away games this season, I have no doubts whatsoever that the spirit and confidence which has developed among the players over the past two months will see us through.
The Bhoys had their fans howling in frustration until Blinker
and Larsson snatched a second half victory from the gallant Pars.
's dribbling skills helped Celtic to a 5-0 victory on Saturday.
produced a blinding display as he tore Hearts apart before half time at Tynecastle.