Rodgers' comments about Hearts unacceptable - Daly

Ruben Hill
August 7, 2017

Hearts caretaker boss Jon Daly has handed a surprise start to Lewis Moore for the club's opening league game of the season at Celtic Park. "I was purely asked a question in relation to the operation there, but it's no problem".

On the pitch, goals from Leigh Griffiths (29th and 63rd minutes), Scott Sinclair (51st minute) and Callum McGregor (73rd minute) proved too much for Hearts to handle.

"I can understand his comments about the manager leaving because we don't want to see managers lose their jobs", the former Rangers player said.

Ahead of Celtic's 4-1 win over Hearts on Saturday, Rodgers expressed his sympathy for Ian Cathro, recently sacked by the Jambos, and suggested the players were signed by someone else and not suited to the way he wanted to play at Tynecastle.

"However, once he starts to talk about recruitment of players and how they will fit into the system then I think it's very poor form. It's very disrespectful. I'm very disappointed with his comments". Welcomed the sound and sight of someone standing up for their club and trying to explain how the football side of it works.

"It is a good club, Hearts, and I'm sure they will get the solution for the next job and they will look to push on".

"What's the difference between a shape and a basic shape?"

He said: "The flag going up meant the competition was up and running from today so we wanted to make a good performance and make a statement in our first game and I thought the players were outstanding in all elements of our game". I am giving him an opportunity, giving him a chance and I do believe in him.

The tail end of last season he played a lot of games for me for the under-20s and done really well.

"Well he hasn't become a manager yet so wait until he becomes a manager and then he will know the rules of the game then", Rodgers told BBC Scotland.

For Hearts, Daly said: "It was a hard afternoon". There would be no more goals before the break, although some intricate team play offered up an opportunity for McGregor to score moments before the half-time whistle was blown.

"But I don't see us being judged on that result".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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