Scottish Daily Mail


- MARK WIL­SON Sports · Soccer · Celtic F.C. · Scottish Professional Football League · Rangers

CRAIG LEVEIN be­lieves Celtic’s push for nine in a row in­flu­enced the rel­e­ga­tion of Hearts last season. And he claims the Park­head club ‘call the shots’ when it comes to ma­jor de­ci­sions in Scot­tish foot­ball. Hearts were con­demned to the drop on a points-per-game ba­sis af­ter clubs voted on an SPFL pro­posal to cur­tail the 2019/20 cam­paign due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Celtic were 13 points clear when the game en­tered lock­down in March and were con­firmed as cham­pi­ons. Former Tynecas­tle boss Levein is still angry about Hearts’ de­mo­tion and made his feel­ings clear on the Foot­bal­lDaft pod­cast when asked about the Old Firm. ‘I’m fed up with the two of them,’ he said. ‘Hon­estly. It’s all peo­ple think foot­ball is in Scot­land and the press play up to it all the time. ‘The whole stuff with Hearts get­ting rel­e­gated last season was a non­sense. Ab­so­lute non­sense. ‘And part of it was to do with Celtic get­ting the ti­tle, so that they could try and break this record of nine in a row. ‘I just can’t be both­ered with it. For a while, David Mur­ray ran Scot­tish foot­ball and Rangers were call­ing all the shots and get­ting all the good pub­lic­ity. ‘Now I think Celtic are do­ing ex­actly the same. They call the shots with all the big de­ci­sions in Scot­land and I think it’s re­ally un­fair. So I can’t be both­ered with it.’

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