Hearts attacker Steven MacLean has admitted that he is ‘hurt’ by the criticism aimed at under-pressure manager Craig Levein.

Despite leading Hearts to the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic, Levein has faced plenty of criticism about Hearts’ poor recent form.

MacLean has stated that he doesn’t like to hear the criticism aimed at the manager. He particularly feels close to Levein as he signed him for the Tynecastle side.

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“It certainly hurt me”

“When you’re walking off at Tynecastle, and he’s getting a bit of stick it should hurt us, it certainly hurts me,” he revealed, as reported by the Evening News.


“He brought me to the club and it is not nice to hear your manager getting a bit of stick.”

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It is a bizarre situation that Hearts currently find themselves in. They are in the Scottish Cup Final, which naturally their fans will be delighted with.

Support don’t seem happy

However, as MacLean indicates, a lot of the support don’t seem happy with the current manager.

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You would imagine that matters will need be resolved regarding Levein’s future at Hearts sooner rather than later.

It is not a good sign when a crowd turns against a manager. At least at Hampden in the cup final, all the Hearts support will be behind Levein and the time.

Whether that is still the case after the cup final remains to be seen.


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