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Craig Levein Blames Brendan Rodgers for Damaging Scottish Football

Hearts head coach, Craig Levein claims that the inability of Brendan Rodgers to breed teenagers in his team is doing more harm to Scottish football than “the length of the grass”.

The Hearts boss announced this to the media just as the Celtic head coach released a statement about how embarrassing the surface of the pitch was following their 3-1 victory in Gorgie.

Rodgers released a statement saying: “Scotland haven’t qualified (for a major finals) for 20-odd years and we’re trying to develop players and a product here to move the game on.”

A statement that was not so pleasing to the ear of the Hearts boss, as he fired back at the Celts boss saying via Daily Record: “I never knew it was as simple as that. So if we cut all the grass short, then we’ll go to the finals? Brilliant. Why did nobody think of that? That’s just unbelievable.”

Levein has played a big role in giving chance to young players in the Scottish football, he paved way for young players in the senior team, the likes of Harry Cochrane and Anthony McDonald (at the time the duo was 16 years of age) and recently landed former Glenavon midfielder Bobby Burns.

Levein continued: “The development of players for me is about giving them the opportunity to play – much, much more than the length of the grass. That is a serious comment.

“Bobby Burns, for example, is 18 years of age. Some clubs in this country have got fantastic players at 18, 19, 20 and never play. They go and get loan players from elsewhere, who are the same age – and don’t play their own kids.

“That’s what hampers Scotland’s development.

“I make no excuses for trying to win the game. It’s just a nonsense. They actually won the game as well. God forbid … what would have happened if they had lost?”

“That’s what hampers Scotland’s development.

“I make no excuses for trying to win the game. It’s just a nonsense. They actually won the game as well. God forbid … what would have happened if they had lost?”

Levein continued: “I spoke to Brendan for 20 minutes after the game and he never mentioned it. There were no complaints about the grass.

“If you want to talk about evening up the playing field then maybe if he brought a team along that earned the same money as our players then that would be fair.

“The pitch was alright. There was plenty of grass on it. I wish I could be in a position where that’s the only thing I had to worry about. It was miles better than when they were last here in the 4-0 game. I’m gutted about ripping it up now!”

Craig Levein has been the Hearts’ boss since the summer of 2014, and knows a little thing or two about Scottish football and was also Scotland manager to teach Brendan Rodgers, who joined Celtic in 2016.

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