Hearts attacker Sean Clare has stated that Celtic were made to look average by Hearts in the Scottish Cup final last Saturday.
The Jambos came up short thanks to an Odsonne Edouard double at Hampden last week. The treble treble was well earned by the Hoops too, as they were shot into life after Hearts’ opener through Ryan Edwards.
Over the last week, the first-team at Tynecastle haven’t been able to bite their tongue when it comes to showing bitterness. It started when Zdenek Zlamal branded Celtic lucky after winning the penalty that pulled Celtic level at Hampden (Edinburgh Evening News). Captain Christophe Berra was next to have a pop, this time at Scott Brown, by stating he acted without class during the game (The Herald).
And speaking in the Scottish Sun, it was Clare’s turn to have a dig.
“Every single one of us gave our all and put in a good performance. I thought when we went 1-0 up it was going to be our day. But a couple of things went against us and they managed to get the win.
“They are a good side but I felt for large spells of the game we made them look average. I think if we could have held on to our lead for a little bit longer we would have seen out the game. They were running out of ideas. They were going long a lot and we were putting them under pressure.
“The penalty just came at a really bad time for us. I don’t know if there was contact. It didn’t look like it although I wasn’t really sure.”
What game was Clare watching?
It may have escaped Clare’s notice, but Celtic started bossing Hearts after the opening goal. It was the moment that seriously shot the Hoops into life, and Neil Lennon’s men fully deserved the win on the day.
What Clare is forgetting is that Hearts’ game-plan on the day was to stick 11 men behind the ball and hope to get a lucky break on the counter. Celtic weren’t lucky or fortunate when we equalised, it was a stonewall penalty that was deserved given how the much had panned out.
Hearts made a good game of it, and deserve credit for that. But there’s no point being pretentious and act as though they deserved more than what they got. Celtic had them under real pressure after the opener, and Hearts simply buckled under it.
But nevermind. Clare simply falls into the growing number of Hearts stars looking to fire parting shots at the Hoops. For some, they’ll never be able to take the fact that Celtic dominated their way to a treble treble against them. And that includes the players involved too.
Again, credit to Hearts for a battling display. But that’s all it was and nothing more.