"I tried to talk to the ref"; Hearts dressing-room continues post-match Celtic moaning

By David Walton

May 8, 2022

Hearts defender Toby Sibbick has continued the post-match moaning from the Jambos dressing-room after being demolished 4-1 at Celtic Park.

Robbie Neilson typically was quick to highlight the fact that he believed his side should’ve been given a free-kick in the build-up to the equaliser [Sky Sports].

Daizen Maeda, Kyogo Furuhashi, Matt O’Riley, and Giorgos Giakoumakis all netted to move the Hoops just a point away from the Premiership title.

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But it appears the whining from the Gorgie club didn’t just stop with their manager. Sibbick was next to start as he claimed he tried to talk to Don Robertson about decisions he felt aggrieved with.

As quoted by the Glasgow TImes, Sibbick said: “It’s a blatant one. I haven’t seen it back yet, but he’s came from the side or behind me and just swiped my legs and got the ball. I thought the ref was going to give it but he didn’t and they went down the other end and scored.

“It was a key moment at 1-0, we were defending well, they didn’t have space to play. If the ref gives that as a foul then we get a set piece and it’s a goal scoring chance for us. But they’ve got the quality to go down the other end and score. I tried to talk to the ref but wasn’t trying to listen. He said he won the ball but I think it’s a foul.

“Even the second goal, I think Gino (Josh Ginelly) kicked it on to their player for our throw in but he gave it to them. Trying to talk to the ref is tough and, with the crowd behind them as well, he’s going to get influenced. It’s a tough one really. When the crowd starts getting frustrated, it can take a toll on the team. Your fans want to win and it was a big game for them.”

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Hearts have nobody to blame but themselves for Celtic Park hammering

It’s hardly unlike Hearts to try and shift the narrative onto refereeing decisions. However, the truth is they have absolutely nobody to blame but themselves.

The potential free-kick in question was in our own defensive third. Callum McGregor managed to get in between Sibbick’s legs and flick the ball away from him. Whether it’s a foul is up for debate, but whether we had a lot to do from that stage isn’t.

That Hearts were cut open so easily afterward should be their primary concern. After all, are they really going to pretend that it was that one free-kick in our own half at 1-0 down that led to them losing the game? Are they really not going to take accountability for their own defensive failures?

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Let’s not forget that we still had 3 other goals we needed to score. That Sibbick is then resorting to throw-in complaints tell a story.

There were probably plenty of occasions in yesterday’s match where Celtic supporters felt they should’ve been given a foul but didn’t. Or fouls that Hearts were given that should never have been. The difference is we had the quality to see it through regardless. We don’t dwell on these kinds of decisions.

Hearts are desperate to try and compete seriously with Celtic. Perhaps this is their coping mechanism for when they get a mauling. Pointing to one decision and using it to mask 90 minutes may help them sleep better at night, but it’s simply avoiding reality.

In other news, Celtic boss explains what rival supporters keep coming up and telling him