It was just another game against Celtic for eternal loser Steven Naismith except for the losers’ medal that he returned to Tynecastle with.
A number of years ago his playing powers went south with Norwich left cursing the massive contract they awarded him as he moved from Everton.
Fortunately Hearts came in with two loan deals to take a little bit of the wages burden as he reintroduced himself to Scottish football and a habit of stamping on Celtic players knowing that John Beaton, Bobby Madden and friends won’t bother with any disciplinary actions.
Scott Brown, Jonny Hayes and James Forrest were early victims yesterday Brown was the main target for the Hearts captain with Beaton ignoring a 17th minute stamp on the Celtic skipper.
Naisy won’t ever go near a 50-50 challenge- his speciality is arriving late into a ‘challenge’, once his opponent has cleared the ball he will put the boot in, accidentally he would claim.
Whenever he is in possession against Celtic he is likely to end up flat out on the deck whether he is challenged or not. Years of knee surgery has robbed him of any pace, at 34 years of age winning free kicks is as good as it gets.
Last year he missed out on a place in the Scottish Cup Final, suffering a sore knee in the February defeat from Celtic at Tynecastle.
Yesterday he lasted 120 minutes, scored the first penalty of the shoot out but still left with a losers’ medal as behind him Leigh Griffiths and Brown celebrated the Quadruple Treble to the full.
Caption this….. pic.twitter.com/RLjnxsA5QD
— Highland__Paddy (@Highland__paddy) December 20, 2020
Here’s what you could have won. (Speedboat under there).
— dòmhnall (@gaelic67) December 20, 2020
— fitzy (@fitzymabhoy) December 20, 2020
You can attack our manager and our captain but you will never take our trophies.
— hector (@midlee01) December 20, 2020
Another loser’s medal, I think Celtic get to keep me after this 1.
— Free Rogic. (@celticforever9) December 20, 2020
Uncle Fester rummaging for a consolation
— Eddy Grady (@EddyGrady) December 20, 2020
— 4papa doc4….. (@Andyq65) December 20, 2020
They should have been handed out, by Kris Boyd
Nae Luck Baldylocks
— Robert (@Robert72427937) December 20, 2020
How did I manage to stay on the park when I should have been sent off twice?
— 12 in a row patio (@sb101997) December 20, 2020
he should have collected that in the dressing room along with the red card If Beaton had any balls
— Eddie (@EddieHa35418086) December 20, 2020