Another post-match press conference, another quote from Hearts boss Craig Levein, who seems intent on winding up every fanbase in Scotland.
Levein poked fun at Hibs’ banner after Saturday’s Edinburgh derby fixture. It described the Hibee’s as better than everyone else with the phrase ‘Hibs class.’ This prompted Levein to tell the BBC there was “Hearts class” after the Jambos’ 1-0 victory over their bitter rivals at Easter road.
It’s just one in a line of hilarious quotes and spats Levein has had throughout the last 12 months. He’s the man everyone loves to hate, and he’s reveling in that.
Brendan Rodgers, Hibs fans and Derek McInnes have all felt the brunt of Levein’s comments at some stage this season. He used to keep his cards close to his chest. Now it appears he is very comfortable speaking his mind, and that makes him an entertaining character.
Love or hate him, Levein is brilliant for Scottish football
It doesn’t matter what happens in a game, Levein will somehow find the funny side in it all. The man once associated with a 4-6-0 in his time as Scotland boss, Levein has switched to the tactics of mind games to try and help his side win on a Saturday.
Fans will hammer the Hearts boss on social media, but others will love him for his antics. He’s a one man joke factory. The fans who loathe him are slowly but surely beginning to love him, due to how bizarre his statements have become.
From natural order to not having any regrets as it’s a good laugh, characters like Levein are essential to Scottish football. That’s regardless of however much you like or dislike him.
The former Scotland boss should be fully embraced by supporters, because he contributes heavily to that bit of ridiculousness in the middle of Scottish football.
Would you want a Levein who says the same things about his players every week, or one who will come out will come out with snarky comments, hilarious thoughts on Theresa May and is partial to the odd toy being thrown out the pram? It’s the latter.