Neilson in classy Celtic admission; puts Hearts fans to shame

By David Walton

December 22, 2020

Robbie Neilson has classily held his hands up and acknowledged Celtic’s fighting spirit after Sunday’s Scottish Cup final.

Celtic had to deal with a resilient Hearts fightback at the weekend. Twice the Hoops were ahead as they saw the Jambos come from 2-0 down to level at 2-2. And after taking a 3-2 lead in extra-time, Celtic were again pegged back with minutes to go.

But even so, the Hoops still managed to come out on top. A pulsating penalty shootout saw the Hoops win 4-3 thanks to two Conor Hazard penalty saves. It was a huge day for the club as the quadruple treble was secured.

Typically, the Hearts fans chose to moan at stuff like the BBC commentary as opposed to acknowledging Celtic’s class. But in fairness to Neilson, he held his hands up to the fight shown by Neil Lennon’s side.

As quoted by Edinburgh Live, Neilson said: “You have to credit Celtic because they are a top team.

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“I would love to be back in the Premiership to get another four cracks next season although I would love another crack at them in the Scottish Cup (this season).

“It is a big blow for everybody. We will now prepare for the next game and looking to win that. We will pick ourselves up, take the positives from the game and get ready to kick on again.”

Composed, classy, and acknowledging of Celtic quality

Listen I’m not Neilson’s biggest fan. There’s been plenty of games in the past against us where it was the referee’s fault (Daily Mail). But this would’ve been the easiest game for him to start moaning about.

He could’ve been crying from the rooftops about how we didn’t deserve it. About how Hearts were the better team and deserved to take the Scottish Cup from us. About how they came closer than anyone else to taking this competition from us.

Yet, in fairness, Neilson doesn’t want to discuss that. Instead he passes credit onto Celtic whilst looking forward to future matches against us. He acknowledges how big ablow it is for Hearts butr stresses the importance of moving on. This is a classy reaction that deserves to be acknowledged

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson watches his side vs Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)


It certainly put the Hearts supporters to shame given they were itching to blame anybody else post-match. It’s a refreshing take. He could’ve easily resorted to trying to please the bitter in his support. After all, the brownie points he would’ve received by calling us lucky etc would’ve been substantial.

He’s avoided that and it’s pleasing to see. Neilson knows his side can be proud of how they competed at Hampden over the piece. But they came up short, and that’s the reality of it.

They needed a bit extra to beat this Celtic team. Hearts, whether they played well or not, didn’t have it.

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