First Team

Craig: I'm to blame

3rd November 2018

Craig Levein has apologised to the supporters who travelled to Celtic Park today and insists he is to blame for the team’s 5-0 loss.

The Jambos, playing their fifth game in two weeks, set out with tactics that didn’t go to plan, and Celtic went in 3-0 up at the break.

The hosts added two more in the second half, despite a more spirited Hearts performance, and the manager has held his hands up and admitted he got it wrong, but has promised they’ll be back to their best for next week’s visit of Kilmarnock.

Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “It’s very straightforward; I take full responsibility for the performance today.

“I’ve underestimated our energy levels. I thought we might struggle after playing so many high profile matches, and I made a decision to sit in and try and frustrate Celtic.

“I put Jake Mulraney up front to try and capatalise on the counterattack and we were too passive. That’s on me.

“I said to the players at half time; ‘I’ve called it wrong, what do you want to do? Do you want to have a go, which means pressing high up the field and seeing if we can steal the ball off Celtic when they’re trying to play out?’

“They said yes and, okay, we lost another two goals in the second half but I actually felt better about our performance and letting the players go.

“I apologise to the supporters, who came through today, for getting it wrong, but we’ll be back to our normal selves come the next match. 

Craig’s post-match interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.