Hearts boss hilariously went into meltdown mode after last Celtic Park trip

By David Walton

May 4, 2022

Ahead of this Saturday’s game against Hearts at Celtic Park, we firmly hope the full-time reaction from all parties will simply be an acknowledgment of how good we were on the day.

After all, that certainly wasn’t the case when we last faced the Edinburgh club at Parkhead. Instead, Celtic supporters had to deal with Robbie Neilson moaning and moaning about Kyogo Furuhashi’s winner and a drop-ball incident.

Indeed, the Japanese striker netted a controversial goal just before the break in December’s 1-0 win that was firmly deserved given how play was going. But it still didn’t stop the Hearts contingent from going into a whining meltdown after the game.

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Perhaps nobody embarrassed themselves more than manager Neilson. He laughably claimed that the referee beat his team and not Celtic. Not only that, apparently he would’ve got the jail if he said what he truly thought. In typically overly-dramatic fashion, Neilson said as quoted by the Scottish Sun:

“I felt we didn’t get beaten by Celtic, we got beaten by poor decisions by the referee and linesman. It’s offside. He’s ahead of the ball. The linesman has got to see it. I’ve seen it, everyone would agree. The linesman had a brilliant view.

“I’m sure the linesman and referee will have a look at it, they’ll WhatsApp each other and they’ll move on to the next game.

“I’d end up going to jail if I said what I really think about it [a drop-ball incident]. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. The boy pulls his hamstring and the referee stops the game and gives them the ball back when we’re going to counter-attack.”

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Neilson absolutely embarrassed himself and his club after that 1-0 victory for the Hoops. Then again, it’s hardly the first time.

He was out moaning after we beat them 2-1 at Tynecastle in January too. Despite the fact his side was gifted an offside goal, he still managed to find a Celtic decision to pick out instead [Daily Record].

If Celtic win on Saturday, you can bet there’ll be something there that irks him once again. A decision that was anti-Hearts and would’ve changed the game in their favour had it been given fairly. That’s the picture he likes to paint after losing games to Ange Postecoglou’s side.

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You’d like to think he would occasionally show the same class as Ange did back when we unfairly lost at Tynecastle on opening day. Celtic had a Liel Abada goal incorrectly ruled out for offside, but not once did the Celtic boss look to make excuses for the poor performance.

This is something Neilson fails to do. Whenever Celtic pick up the points against him, it absolutely pains him to bring even a scintilla of Celtic praise to his mouth. At this stage you just expect it from him.

We’ll see if his tone changes should we win on Saturday. We’re certainly not betting our house on it.

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