Hearts pick and choose when to be competitive


Hearts miserly return of 12 points from 17 games, a draw against Livingston their only point amid defeats to Kilmarnock, St Johnstone, Motherwell and Newco, tell the story as to why Craig Levein was sacked and our opponents tonight are joint-bottom of the league.

Still, there are reasons for concern.  Celtic were two points off the pace before Newco went to Tynecastle in October and were held.  Hearts also raised their game sufficiently to beat Hibs.  This is a team who did not take a point from two meetings with St Johnstone, but were able to be competitive when it mattered to them – against Hibs and Newco.  Tonight will matter just as much.

A win will see Celtic go five points clear, albeit having played a game more, but points in the bag is always preferable to the burden of more games on the roster.  This is also likely to be our only visit to Tynecastle this season, and maybe next, unless new manager Daniel Stendel can motivate his players to try a little harder against lesser sides.

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  1. glendalystonsils on

    Their fans attack our players if they get too near (Sinky) or by hurling the ball at them when it goes into the crowd , they assault our manager by coming on to the pitch or by throwing coins , they assault our players and stand over them screaming abuse while they are on the ground.


    This is far beyond being ‘competitive’ . This is not normal behaviour for any club . They are worse than their big cousins (only just). Any win will do , but 5 goals or more would make my Christmas.



    @ ERNIE LYNCH on 18TH DECEMBER 2019 1:09 PM







    ‘Firstly, the situation in Israel and SA are not analogous; the situation in the middle east is a far more complicated beast than the system of apartheid in SA.’



    Whether true or not your point is irrelevant to my argument that playing both countries is consistent with someone who has not ditched their racist outlook.











    ‘Secondly, what year did that quote of Rod’s come from? I recall Bowie also made some pretty extreme remarks in his youth; it’s evident that his views changed with the fullness of time. I think the same can be said for Rod.’



    Bowie changed. He condemned racism. He married a Somali woman. The evidence for his change of view is easily found. Where’s the evidence Rod Stewart’s views have changed?







  3. Best of luck with your recovery Big Jimmy



    The NHS is brilliant but sometimes you have to be a bit of a nag to get everything you need. Don’t come out of there until they have a plan of action for you e.g., drugs, stents etc



    Hail Hail

  4. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    CORKCELT on 18TH DECEMBER 2019 1:55 PM


    Macjay . There is a huge difference between atrocities carried out by individuals or groups and atrocities carried out by agents of the State.





    Absolutely right.


    However , what is the S.A. govt. doing about those racist attacks ?


    Or the frequent racist sickening murders of white farmers which have been going on for years ?


    Not a lot.


    Blatant double standards.

  5. Who would we rather have at Celtic Park, someone with a very historic racist comment or modern day baby killing supporters? Hmm.



    Let him without sin, cast the first coin.

  6. Paul67



    Good article.



    This fixture is historically very difficult and the club we face is an Edinburgh version of Sevco, and we all know what that means.



    NFL will be on it, another good reason why his experience as our manager proved vital in his appointment.



    GIRUY Edinburgh jurys.



    One Neil Lennon CSC

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    In my opinion another atrocity being carried out on our grandchildren is the reluctance of Bastards like Trump to recognize & act on the dangers of Global warming.






    Trump sees through the scam which simply obliges US to provide aid to ” developing ” countries on the pretext that they will curb emissions.


    India doesn`t.


    China doesn`t .


    Why not . Are they polluters ?



    Two further points.


    Your use of the word bastard diminishes the power of your argument.


    US citizens voted for a bastard ? What an insult to them.



    I try not to ” ridicule ” anyone on this blog , however if they insult , then the gloves are off.



    A significant part of my education was scientific . In my lifetime and before there have been significant scientific pronouncements which have subsequently proved to be in error.


    Scepticism is healthy.


    My current stance is one of agnosticism. Partly because I don`t trust the left and its ulterior motives or some of the frankly ludicrous claims made about ” only ten years left ” to ” save the planet “.


    Do you believe that nonsense ?


    Whether it be Global warming or Feminism , both adopted and promoted by the left.


    Equally , there is no proof that the global warming theory is a fact. A strongly held scientific opinion. But no proof.



    Finally the use of the 16 y.o. lass , who has a medical problem , to cause panic among her global contemporaries is outrageous.


    For her and for her juvenile audience.

  8. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    Exactly my sentiments.


    I remember seeing one young lout rushing up to the corner to hurl abuse at Kris Commons as he was about to take a corner.



    Was he ever arrested or even reprimanded ?


    Doubt it .

  9. I’m trying out Duck GoGo as my browser for CQN.


    No annoying ads so far.


    I was getting a pop up inviting me to take a survey and win $1000 Walmart Voucher.


    Gone. So far.

  10. Macjay,


    I normally refrain from using a word like Bastard when referring to someone I intensely dislike maybe I should have described him as odious. Either way he is in my opinion a disgraceful human being and the fact that millions voted for him doesn’t change that a whit.


    I understand Australia is currently experiencing the hottest weather since records commenced. The entire Landscape of Greenland is changing with melting Glaciers. I’m not saying we have 10 years to save the Planet but I am saying the World has to change & the Developed World has to take the lead.


    The much maligned EU are launching a major plan in that regard which I welcome but if Trump led USA continue to renege it will be to their eternal shame. I have little doubt that when the odious Trump is consigned to the dustbin of history, attitudes in the US will change for the better.

  11. 2006


    Humans have only 10 years left to save the planet from turning into a frying pan.


    Al Gore


    Colour me sceptic

  12. CorkCelt



    Hunger is an atrocity , Poverty is an atrocity & Greed is an atrocity.




    There’s a lot Governments – even ‘moderate ones – can do about the first two. Gordon Brown lifted 2 million children out of poverty with tax credits.


    Greed will always be with us. It’s in some people’s DNA. But it’s quite possible to punish the greedy. Afflict the comfortable.

  13. Corkcelt


    I would deferentially like to disagree with you on Trump.


    Choosing a President is a binary choice.


    Clinton or Trump.


    A person who embraces infanticide or one who respects life?


    One who undermines religious freedom or one who supports the rights of religious organizations to stand by their faith.


    A roaring economy with low unemployment for everyone especially minorities is a bonus.


    Results matter.

  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Poor chap.


    Relies on mockery.




    Doesn`t know the difference between Agnosticism and denial.

  15. Must depart.


    Home Depot to buy paint then watch the better half paint the bathroom ceiling.


    I hope she finishes before the game. ⚽️😂

  16. Trump is a bastard.



    Remember him telling the those American Congresswomen to ‘go home’? Exactly the same as the sevconians who sing the same thing to us.

  17. jimbob71 & little Miss jimbob on

    Is Naismith available for Hearts tonight?



    Now there is a horrible football player. Every opportunity he tries to leave the boot in on our players.

  18. GG


    I’ve been on DuckDuckGo browser with adblock plus, on android phone for a while now, and never (touch wood) had any issues on CQN. Have posted this on here several times. Good luck 👍.



  19. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    CORKCELT on 18TH DECEMBER 2019 3:43 PM



    I`m a nature lover and an environmentalist. Cue scorn .


    Chucking money at a problem, always someone else`s , may alleviate a problem .


    It won`t solve it.


    Evidence that moneys sent to ” third world ” countries has been siphoned elsewhere.


    Would that surprise you ?



    Use money on action to clean the oceans of plastic waste , plant trees , and perhaps compensate those felling trees for a living.


    And continue to discourage the use of coal WITHOUT disadvantaging the poor in terms of heating . A big ask .

  20. CONEYBHOY on 18TH DECEMBER 2019 2:33 PM



    Bayo failed to score though!





    Haha very good



    He should at least have had 2 assists for the OG’s!

  21. “Somebody elses money”



    Capitalism is a system based on constant growth in a world with finite resources. We will make our grandchildren poorer.



    Damage “nature” in a way we cannot reverse



    The last election showed us that the older generations (who won’t be around to see the worst effects) couldn’t give a monkeys.

  22. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Trump misquoted and presumption made in relation to whom his comments were directed.



    He didn`t tell them to ” go home ” .



    Well pre Trump , the cry was ” U.S.A. Love it or leave it ” .




    US President Donald Trump | Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images



    Trump tells congresswomen: Go back where you came from


    The president’s tweets seemed intended to exploit party tensions, but instead rally the caucus against him.



    By BIANCA QUILANTAN AND DAVID COHEN 7/15/19, 11:13 AM CET Updated 7/16/19, 8:12 AM CET


    U.S. President Donald Trump, jumping into the middle of a feud among House Democrats, called out progressive congresswomen in xenophobic terms on Sunday, saying, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”



    While he didn’t mention them by name in his series of tweets, Trump was presumably targeting some of the caucus’ best-known freshman women of color: Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).



    “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” the president wrote.



    Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were all born in the United States. Omar, a Somalian refugee, immigrated to the U.S. with her family in the early 1990s.

  23. Macjay heard smoke is bad back home



    Popping into Jintys and tennents in west In in 30 mins for a few refreshments before dolphin for game



    Interesting stats that Forrest has been subbed 15 times this year



    His contribution to the team has been woeful


    On sat he played as a no 9, Awefull


    Indeed he did assist , but his head was down and just passed the ball in and French Eddie picked it up



    Tonight is not a night for players with little contribution like JF

  24. I firmly believe this is not the site for indepth politics, and there has been some guff over the last few days for sure, so I’d like to put in my tuppence worth.


    When I was at Uni , a good few years ago I admit, I was quite the lefty and that has not changed over the years. We were at a protest at Murrayfiled protesting against Apertheid when South Africa played Scotland and I was carrying a banner which read ” Don’t scrum with white scum”. Anyway to get to the point. Those , like me, who are Socialists or Labour fans have got to look at what the Labour party actually did for Scotland prior to the real emergence of the SNP. Before you slag off the SNP, (and I am not a lover of them) just ask what Labour did when they had the clout, not a hell of a lot, or as this is a football blog, SFA.



    Back to football, Celtic just make sure Hertz remain bottom tonight, thanks





  25. From wikipedia –



    ‘Climate Change Agnostic: A subset of climate change denier. Specifically an insecure male who will agree with other climate deniers in their company but in broader society understands that this will open him to ridicule thus uses the word ‘agnostic’ without fully comprehending its religious root and inapplicability in the context.


    See also: Flat Earth Society, Creationism, The Incel Movement, Bell Ends’

  26. ‘what the Labour party actually did for Scotland’






    how does a political party do anything for a land mass?

  27. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on








    Learn to pronounce




    a part of a larger group of related things.




    Related . Not identical .Not the same. AKA DIFFERENT .


    As I said.



    Old son , do I really have to continue to educate you ?

  28. He didn`t tell them to ” go home ”



    “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”






    Couldn’t write it




    Excellent post, well said.

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