BBC man corrects Michael Stewart; pundit missed Joe Hart's Tynecastle Celtic fans point

By Patrick Sinat

May 8, 2023

Joe Hart is not one to mince his words when it comes to giving his opinion on anything to do with Celtic. Speaking after his team had sealed the title against Hearts at Tynecastle, Hart commended the Celtic fans.

But he also had a dig about the number of fans that the team were allowed to share the moment with after Hearts allocated 1267 tickets.

Hart said, ““They’re amazing. They’ve been everywhere. They go everywhere with us.

“I think it’s even sweeter to come to a stadium where they’ve tried to have as few in as physically possible. But they can’t be stopped.”

To me it sounds as though Hart was having a pop at the SPFL fixture scheduling but to Michael Stewart, it sounded a lot different.

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Speaking on BBC Sportsound, Stewart said, “Joe Hart has come in and done wonderfully well for Celtic. I’ve got to pick up on something though. I’m not sure about his comments about trying to squeeze as few people into the stand.

“That is the away support at Tynecastle. Hearts sell out the rest of the stadium and it’s a petty comment that didn’t need to be made.”

RG [Richard Gordon]: “But surely Michael it was aimed at the authorities wasn’t it for the fixture scheduling rather than anything at Hearts?

MS: “Well, I don’t know. I just thought it was uncalled for. And if you are talking about having no support, he’s got next week.”

RG: “Exactly. And that was the point that Celtic as a club made wasn’t it, in terms of fixture scheduling?

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MS: “Yeah, they should have perhaps had a home game in terms of those first couple of games, but in terms of Hearts at Tynecastle, I don’t think that’s needed.”

Stewart definitely has gotten the wrong end of the stick here. This is unusual because as a pundit, he is normally on the ball with this kind of thing.

However, Celtic only have Ibrox to go to next before they can bask in the adoration of 60,000 fans at Celtic Park when they face St Mirren on May 20th.

And what a party that will be.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou rebuffs BBC man’s Hearts red card v Celtic with classic answer