Robbie Neilson doesn't sound happy with the circumstances of Celtic cup draw

By John McGinley

July 26, 2021

Upcoming Celtic opposition manager Robbie Neilson has had a moan after his Hearts team ended up unseeded for yesterday’s Scottish League Cup draw.

It ultimately resulted in coming out of the pot to face Celtic at Celtic Park in the last 16 of the competition.

Hearts won all four of their group stage games. They scored eight and conceded none against Stirling Albion, Inverness CT, Peterhead and Cove Rangers.

However, because St Mirren finished their group with more ‘goals scored’ due to being allocated a default 3-0 away win against Dumbarton, the Tynecastle side weren’t included in the seeded section as the best group winners.

Neilson wasn’t best pleased after his side’s victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

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He told The Times: “We didn’t get seeded but we won four out of four. The nature of this season, teams will get 3-0 victories for games getting postponed which is always going to make it difficult. It would have been better if the game had been cancelled today.”

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Hearts don’t have a great record at Celtic Park

Hearts haven’t beaten Celtic at Paradise in any competition since 2009, during the Tony Mowbray era. So that’s probably why Neilson isn’t best pleased.

Their last half-decent result at Celtic Park came via a 0-0 draw in September 2015.

That puts them in a difficult position when it comes to League Cup progression. Neilson was clearly hoping for a better placing.

However, everyone knew the rules of the competition before starting. It’s not St Mirren’s fault that Dumbarton had a Covid-19 outbreak either. The Paisley side could well have racked up a similar scoreline to the default 3-0 victory.

Hopefully Celtic can hammer home the Hearts blow when they visit Glasgow on 14th/15th August.

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