Craig Levein hasn’t held back as he reckons the likes of Celtic and Rangers influenced an SPFL decision to relegate Hearts last term.

The Jambos found themselves relegated from the Premiership last season as the campaign was brought to a premature end due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Up the other end of the table, Celtic were crowned champions.

Levein’s Jambos were relegated. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Levein was sacked as Tynecastle boss in 2019. He’s spoken out on the decision to send Hearts into the Championship this term, saying it was influenced by quests going on elsewhere in the Premiership.

“This whole stuff last season with Hearts getting relegated was a nonsense, an absolute nonsense,” said Levein (Football Daft) “Part of it was to do with Celtic getting the title so that they could try and break this record of nine-in-a-row.

“I just can’t be bothered with it. For a while David Murray ran Scottish football and Rangers were calling all the shots and getting all the good publicity and now I think Celtic are doing exactly the same.

Celtic Park and Ibrox influence annoys him.

Celtic Park and Ibrox influence annoys him. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

“They call the shots with all the big decisions in Scotland and I think it’s really unfair. So I can’t be bothered with the nonsense.”

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