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‘Is he blind or just stupid?’ ‘Garbage journalism from a spent force’ ‘He’s gone by December’ BBC’s deflection game backfires on Naismith

What was the burning issue for Hearts fans after yesterday’s 4-1 home defeat from Celtic?

Was it the ease that their midfield was brushed aside, how simple it was for Celtic to play through the Jambos defence or the failure of their strikers to seriously trouble the Celtic defence and Joe Hart?

All of that points towards the management, or lack of from Steven Naismith but BBC Scotland had a convenient lifeboat for the struggling Hearts boss to cling onto.

Lets focus on the dodgy penalty Celtic got, when Alex Cochrane ran into Kyogo Furuhashi at an angle to send the striker to the ground. A decision given by Bearsden PE teacher Nick Walsh, on VAR duty even Andrew Dallas couldn’t find a way out of the decision.

Regardless of all that logic BBC Scotland opted to highlight the penalty controversy that apparently went in Celtic’s favour. That takes some of the heat off their pal Naisy and puts a spotlight on the officials at future Celtic matches over penalty decisions.

Despite the deflection tactics Hearts fans can see straight through their current manager. When they were squealing for Robbie Neilson to get sacked it wasn’t to be replaced by a second rate clone in the Tynecastle dug-out.

As his demeanour in the video clip shows wee Naisy is a thoroughly underwhelming character, at least Neilson could get a side up for the visit of Celtic and prepared to test the tolerance levels of the match officials.

If Naismith takes the same low key attitude into the matches against Pip Clement over the next two weekends he’ll soon be a regular with the BBC, competing with his pals Kenny Miller, Lee McCulloch, Richard Foster and Neil McCann for a seat with big Thommo on Sportscene.

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