Hibs TV presenter David Tanner has had a major pop at Celtic on live radio over last week’s postponement.
Several weeks ago it had been announced that Celtic’s home clash against Jack Ross’ side was to be put back two days. This was a request made by the Hoops that Hibs had declined. In the end, it was pushed back in any case.
The decision left Hibs Chief Executive Leeanne Dempster furious. The Leith sides would end up taking a 1-1 draw from the game after the Bhoys spent a week in Dubai.
However, Tanner has stated that Celtic had asked Hibs on eight occasions to move the fixture as he got torn into the club on TalkSPORT. He also had some big digs at Neil Lennon, but sticking to the postponement, he said the following:
“They rode roughshod over due process, Celtic, because they asked Hibernian EIGHT times to move that game to Monday night so they could go to Dubai.
“Eight times Hibernian said no. So Celtic went to the SPFL, who invoked a rule that many hadn’t heard of. They should have heard of it in fairness, but they hadn’t heard of it, and they moved the game.
Hibs TV man Tanner goes in on Celtic; should’ve been aware of the rules
Look, Celtic as a football club is an easy target right now. Every decision is being highly-scrutinised and it feels as though they can’t really do anything right at the moment.
However, Celtic don’t have to apologise for a rule being invoked that’s there to be invoked. An SPFL spokesman stated in the Herald back in November that “As has been the case for the past 22 years, SPFL policy, where two clubs do not agree about a fixture change and in the absence of any other relevant factor, is to favour the home club.”
If that policy is there to be invoked then Celtic were quite right to progress. There’s a difference between the moral aspect of it and whether Celtic had a legal right to have the fixture moved. SPFL policy dictates they did.
Hibs not knowing about the rule is their own fault. The only club they should be blaming is themselves.
Celtic, meanwhile, can look at themselves in the mirror and ask whether it was the right thing to do morally. For me, it wasn’t. If Hibs didn’t want to move the fixture in order to accommodate a jaunt to Dubai for Celtic, that’s an understandable position. And, for me, it’s one we should’ve accepted.
So Tanner is probably right to a point. Celtic should’ve kept the fixture as iit was and stayed in Scotland. But Hibs really should’ve been aware of the rules at the same time before their club employees vented their anger on social media.