Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom has expressed his disappointment over the fact referees have grabbed the headlines following Hibs’ draw with Celtic.
A Kristoffer Ajer own goal handed Hibs the lead before a controversial Ryan Christie header leveled things for the Hoops. It was a good performance from the home side who stopped Celtic’s winning run this term.
Heckingbottom has been left a bit gutted that the referee is the talking point, not the football on display.
He told the BBC: “It’s tough. We should be here talking about the football and the game, but the overriding frustration is with the decisions.
“Kevin Clancy’s not made any decisions on purpose, but we as a football club have been let down.”
Hibs’ battling performance won’t get much of a mention
Whilst Clancy will have the headlines from this match, Heckingbottom is annoyed that his side’s hard work will go largely uncredited.
For one of the first times this season, Hibs showed plenty of heart and skill on the ball. Scott Allan was in fine form, playing a wonderful ball into space that resulted in a Hibs goal.
The back four were very sturdy against a Celtic side who had scored 51 goals in 17 games prior to this game and Glenn Middleton impressed with his pace on the flanks.
There are plenty of positives to take from this game if you’re in the Hibs camp, but they won’t be spoken about much. Instead, it’ll be Kevin Clancy’s erratic decisions like Celtic’s goal, not sending Olivier Ntcham off and denying Celtic two clear penalties.
Heckingbottom shouldn’t be too disheartened by this. He knows that his side played well and that they have a solid foundation on which they can kickstart their season now.