Senior Celtic man labels opponent a diving cheat after heated clash

By Tom Blackburn

Celtic captain Scott Brown has described Hearts player Jamie Walker as a cheat after he won a penalty against the Bhoys.

Talking after his side’s 2-1 Scottish Premiership win over Hearts on Sunday, Brown said the referee admitted his mistake that led to the penalty.

“It was a dive, cheat, what else can you say,” Brown said of Walker, as quoted by the official Celtic Twitter account.

“Referee has come out at half-time and said he got it completely wrong. He obviously never saw it and the lineman has put his flag up.”

The decision ultimately didn’t stop Celtic winning the game, with new signing Scott Sinclair the hero as he scored the winner on his debut.

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The winger came off the bench in the 61st minute with the score at 1-1, and in the 81st minute he scored to send Celtic fans home jubilant.

The Glasgow giants only confirmed the signing of Sinclair on their official website on Sunday morning as the player joined on a four-year deal, much to the delight of supporters on Twitter.

He is one of four signings for the Glasgow giants, with Moussa Dembele, Kolo Toure and Kristoffer Ajer at Parkhead.

The Hoops are hoping to win their sixth successive league title, but face stiff competition this year with Rangers returning.

Their Old Firm rivals could only draw 1-1 in their Premiership opener against Hamilton, meaning Celtics open an early league gap.

In other Celtic news, Rodgers has outlined Celtics recruitment plans for the remainder of the transfer window.