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Scott Robinson apologises to Gary Locke for rant

Scott Robinson in action for Hearts. Picture: SNS

Scott Robinson in action for Hearts. Picture: SNS

Hearts midfielder Scott Robinson has apologised to Gary Locke after claiming the Jambos boss was “picking on him”.

Robinson was substituted at half-time in the 2-0 defeat to St Mirren on Saturday – the second match running in which he was taken off at the break.

Afterwards he admitted to the Edinburgh Evening News that he had played poorly before claiming: “On Saturday there, I think it was a case of ‘I’ll just pick on him again and take him off’.

“I didn’t think I was the poorest out of the midfield four. It has just been me on the day.

“My confidence is now ­really low again. It’s just the case if things are going wrong, I know it will probably be me coming off. That’s just the way it is.”

But the 21-year-old now admits his emotions had got the better of him following the defeat, which leaves the administration-hit club ten points adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table.

In a statement on the club’s official website, Robinson said: “I was very emotional after Saturday’s game and perhaps I should have taken a moment to think about what I was saying.

“Certainly, I was upset about being subbed off but any footballer worth their salt would be too.

“I don’t feel like the manager’s singling me out for unwanted attention, I absolutely know that.

“The gaffer has started me in every single match this season and that wouldn’t happen if I were being picked on.”

Locke has accepted Robinson’s apology.

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