Hibernian manager Paul Heckingbottom has laughably stated that his team were “let down” by “outside influences” yesterday.
Hibs somehow managed to escape Easter Road with a 1-1 draw against the dominant champions. Celtic created chance after chance in the final 10 minutes, but couldn’t get the breakthrough. In addition to that, Neil Lennon’s side bossed their opponents throughout the contest.
The draw marked Celtic’s first slip-up of the season. It also allowed Rangers to narrow the gap at the top of the Premiership to one point.
But Heckingbottom believes his side deserved all three. Speaking to Hibs TV, he believes the officials let his team down on the day.
“I thought everyone connected with our football club were fantastic. But they’ve been let down. I don’t like going on about it, I don’t like moaning about the refs. But one decision in particular was just scandalous and for me that should’ve been a sending off.
“Celtic had to resort to bringing us down when we were breaking away. We were pleased with the players, proud of the players, overriding thing for me was disappointment that us as a football club have been let down. We have to fight for what we think is right and we’ve been let down massively.
“I think the last week has been lessons for players and the fans. We stick together and we all get what we deserve. Not today from outside influences. They’re gutted like me because they feel they’ve been let down. They’ve been fighting against a helluva lot today.”
Heckingbottom gets selective
What game was the Hibs manager watching? You would think Hibs bossed Celtic and truly deserved something from the game. The truth is it was a game that the Hoops controlled and should’ve come away with three points.
Celtic had a total of 20 shots to Hibs’ three. They can’t complain about anything regarding the scoreline.
However, the main gripe here is Heckingbottom’s selectiveness in his comments. He can’t stop going on about the Olivier Ntcham incident. Although, if you were to listen to him, you would think there were four or five decisions that went against Hibs.
Conveniently, Heckingbottom doesn’t want to mention the two penalty incidents in the second half. Ryan Christie and Moritz Bauer were both brought down in cynical fashion in the penalty box. Referee Kevin Clancy didn’t want to know, and neither does the Hibs manager.
There comes a point where you have to show a bit of class and dignity as a manager. Unfortunately, the Hibs boss behaves and talks like a man under pressure. His comments post-match lack plenty of class.
We all know that Ntcham could’ve been sent off. You can’t push your opponent’s face away in the manner he did. But it certainly wasn’t a punch, and we seen Ryan Kent get away with something similar on Scott Brown last season.
Fair play to Hibs of course. They managed to somehow escape with a point. They certainly enjoy raising their game when Celtic come to town. But for Heckingbottom, he may want to try and stop this everyone is against us bile. It’s not a great look.