This morning, I’m sure we were all pretty pissed off to wake up to headlines about how Joe Hart was a cheat.
From the usual suspects at The Record.
“Joe Hart accused of ‘feigning’ Celtic injury as keeper sparks heated chat with John Beaton” screams their headline. And who exactly was making this accusation? Nobody at Motherwell nor any of the officials.
“Fans.” Of which club I wonder?
Oh yeah, and Robbie Copeland, the Record “reporter” who amplified the comments of a few idiots online into a news story accusing our keeper. Because let’s be honest, nobody would have given a toss what a few clownish Ibrox fans were saying, except that one of their brethren gave the story wings by giving their gurning a national media platform.
This is exactly the sort of thing Celtic should be expressing concern and anger about.
Allegations like this should be chased down and the outlets responsible told to get their house in order or pay for their seats if they want to cover games at our ground.
His defence for this absurd headline, aside from a few whinging Sevconuts, was that Hart and the ref were seen talking. Big deal. So what? How does that, in any way, justify a screaming headline accusing our player of feigning injury?
It’s a shocking thing to write.
This is what he wrote in his piece; the stench of bitterness is obvious.
“There was plenty of drama on the Parkhead pitch so one moment involving home keeper Hart largely went under the radar in all the post-match debate. It came early in the second half with Motherwell on the attack as Hart comes out to deal with a cross. He finds himself in no man’s land, his attempt to clear the ball initially foiled by Sondre Solholm, before recovering and glancing up at the defender. He then recovers and moves towards him, and after his head brushes the Norwegian’s ribcage, he takes a step back before collapsing in an unnatural direction.”
Collapsing in an un-natural direction.
What utter rot that is.
That is the kind of stuff that Celtic shouldn’t be standing for.
Our players don’t deserve slander like that.
The rest of the article is basically a re-tread of what a few halfwits on Twitter made of the moment, which basically tells me that the only person with a shred of profile who actually believes our goalkeeper cheated is the hack who wrote the piece.
This was an undisguised attack on our player by a national newspaper and quite why we put up with this sort of stuff I will never, ever understand.