Chris Sutton has torn into Hearts attacker Steven Naismith for a nasty-looking challenge on Celtic skipper Scott Brown, in the match which ended in a 3-1 win for the Bhoys.
The BT Sport pundit was aghast that the former Rangers man wasn’t ordered off for the stamp, or for a later challenge on Hoops mainstay James Forrest, who was making his 56th appearance of the season.
“A disgraceful challenge, he knows exactly what he is doing, a coward’s challenge, he meant both of them, he’s a coward,” Sutton fumed whilst making an appearance on BT Sport 1’s coverage of the match on Sunday.
Naismith seemed very fired up for the match, and the only surprise was that he wasn’t ordered off during the match.
It will be interesting to see if he is awarded a retrospective red card for the challenge on Brown.
Football Insider verdict
Sutton was correct to be furious about Naismith’s challenges, especially the one on the Hoops skipper, which did look like it was pre-meditated. The player has never been popular with Hoops fans, and he will be even more unpopular after the incidents at Tynecastle. The match was a very feisty affair, and the teams have often had many controversial incidents over the years. As for the Hoops, they will be happy to have got their visits to Tynecastle over for the season, and Brown in particular will be looking forward to the Hoops going for their unique second successive domestic treble with a win over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup Final, as the season draws to a close with the Hoops crowned Scottish champions for the seventh season in a row. Brendan Rodgers will be happy to have go his team out of Tynecastle unscathed without any serious injuries, after yet another interesting encounter against Craig Levein’s side.
In other Celtic news, one player’s time at Parkhead looks to be over