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.