Hearts centre-back Christophe Berra had a moan at Scott Brown for his celebrations on Saturday.
Speaking in the Scotsman, Berra claimed that Brown had reacted without class post-match. The Celtic captain was easily seen on Sky Sports goading Uche Ikpeazu and Steven MacLean after sealing the treble treble against Hearts. Brown, as is normally the case, proved his superiority over the pair in the Scottish Cup final.
Images of Brown and Hearts players from post-match surfaced after the game. There’s nothing particularly nasty about them either, which makes Berra’s reaction more mind-boggling.
Berra reacted by telling the Scotsman that there was no need for it. Here’s what the Hearts captain had to say:
“Scott is a good player but he is using his dominance in the league a wee bit and there is a wee bit of cockiness. They [Celtic] have earned it but sometimes you should just show a bit of respect and get on with it.
“Scott is getting a bad name for himself at some points. It is not classy and you don’t see that happening at the top level at clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool who dominate down there.
“They have a bit of class about them.”
Oh dear Christophe
Berra’s memory must be getting away from him as the years go on. But does he honestly need a fresh reminding of just why his comments are so hypocritical?
Just look at the team-mates Berra has had at Tynecastle since arriving back at the club a couple of years ago. Kyle Lafferty, for example, consistently celebrated in front of the Celtic fans when he scored against us. It was unnecessary and provocative, but Berra wasn’t up for talking too much about class back then.
You also have the likes of Steven Naismith, who has laughed at Celtic players as they were down injured. Then one of the supposed victims of Sunday, MacLean – where do you even start with him? Every time he scores against Celtic he makes it a top priority to get in our support’s faces. Granted, Berra might not realise that considering MacLean hasn’t come close to scoring against us for Hearts.
But the double-standards are laughable from an experienced veteran who should know better. Brown wasn’t giving anything back to MacLean that he hasn’t already received from him. As for his spat with Ikpeazu, he was simply showing the English forward who’s boss.
That’s a winner for you. But it’s a shame to see a good experienced pro like Berra resorting to hypocritical nonsense like this. Surely it’s just the pain talking.