I watched Olly Lee’s body language as he hobbled off Celtic Park on Sunday, it was clear he was distressed at something more than just missing part of a meaningless game. For him, the Scottish Cup Final was in jeopardy, which Hearts have now confirmed he will miss.
Football managers like an excuse for failure as much as anyone and Hearts are lining them up ahead of the Scottish Cup Final. Cup finals come round rarely for players like Lee, so I was empathetic to his distress as he left the field, but Craig Levein was straight in with the “hugely disappointing news for us……….. and especially for Olly.”
There are a raft of Hearts players with no chance of playing on Saturday, look out for Levein drip feeding the news between now and then, to ensure everyone knows how hard their job is.