It never fails, does it?
Like tax day and Christmas, you could practically set your watch to it. Robbie Neilson’s team takes on the one from Ibrox, invariably gets pulverised after preposterous tactical changes and he lavishes praise on them at full time.
Celtic beats them, after he orders his players to make it into a blood and thunder, give not an inch, encounter, and instead of praise he talks up his own team for getting beat, offering us barely a word of recognition, and then finds something to bitch and moan and whinge about suggesting that the game would have gone differently but for the ref or the linesman or now VAR.
It is tiresome.
He is not just a sore loser, he’s a serial sore loser who I’m frankly sick and tired listening to.
The media laps this up.
Instead it should be all over him. What kind of manager gushes with praise for his team after they’ve been well beat? Ange should have been the one gloating, instead he was lambasting our side for not doing enough to win by more.
I used to think Neilson was a smart guy and a promising coach.
But a manager who looks for excuses for defeat even whilst he praises his team for losing is kidding himself on. You can tell sometimes when a manager has taken a club as far as he can; he’ll be at Hearts for years unless their board recognises how limited he is, and that will probably only come once Aberdeen and Hibs have gotten their acts together and finished in front of them.
Which they will, because he’s not going to be more than he is, which ain’t much.
Celtic were far, far better than Hearts in that game and if he takes pride in his team being well beat then that’s his lookout, but he embarrasses his own fans talking that way and he embarrasses himself going on a mad rant about VAR, and that’s what it was; a mad rant. VAR can only really intervene if there has been a “clear and obvious error” and the ref didn’t think that the challenge was more than a yellow and nor did the VAR official.
I thought VAR showed us again why it’s such a running joke in Scotland, with every one of our key moments subjected to the scrutiny, but in fact it didn’t get any of those calls wrong.
For Neilson to rail against them and make out that we are the beneficiaries of favourable refereeing decisions is ludicrous to say the very least.
I really am bored by this guy now. He made a fool of himself last night with that nonsense he was spouting and I hope that Ange is asked about it before the weekend and calls him out on it.
There are various ways of showing disrespect for our club and its achievements, and I think this geezer has mastered them all, right down to referring to us as “them.”