Craig Levein has claimed that Hearts were relegated last season partly in order to provide Celtic with a ninth championship in a row!
The former Tynecastle boss cut a bizarre figure in the dug-out last season with a run of desperate results that forced Ann Budge to sack him as manager at the end of October.
Levein slipped back into his Director of Football role while Austin McPhee, his assistant became caretaker in what turned into something of a soap opera before Daniel Stendel took over in December.
With three managers over the course of the season Hearts managed to win just four out of 30 matches- losing away to St Mirren on March 11 in what turned out to be the last domestic match of the season.
If they had won that match Hearts would have been level on points with St Mirren but after a vote among all SPFL clubs it was agreed that the season would be decided on average points per game.
With 80 points from 30 matches Celtic were champions, at the bottom 23 points from the same amount of matches saw Hearts drop to the Championship with Levein managing to blame Celtic rather than the failures of three managers alongside Budge!
Listening to Levein discussing two clubs from Glasgow on the Football Daft podcast, Glasgow Live reports him saying:
I’m fed up with the two of them. Honestly, it’s all people think football is in Scotland, and the press play up to it all the time. This whole stuff last season with Hearts getting relegated was a nonsense, an 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 and 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 the nonsense.
Hearts have the chance to avenge relegation next month when they take on Celtic in the final of the Scottish Cup at Hampden.