Craig Levein has ‘no regrets’ over post-derby comments

Craig Levein described his comment as a 'good laugh', adding that he would speak to Neil Lennon. Picture: SNS Group
Craig Levein described his comment as a 'good laugh', adding that he would speak to Neil Lennon. Picture: SNS Group
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Hearts manager Craig Levein says he has ‘no regrets’ over his comments following the Edinburgh derby on Sunday.

The Jambos scored late on to claim a 1-0 win over Hibernian in the William Hill Scottish Cup and end a streak of nine derbies without a win.

That prompted Levein to claim the win could “restore natural order” in the derby, in which Hearts have historically had the stronger record.

Opposing manager Neil Lennon reacted angrily to Levein’s remarks, branding him “disrespectful” and accusing him of showing “a lack of humility” in victory, but Levein has brushed those comments off.

“Regrets? No, it was a good laugh wasn’t it?” the Hearts boss said. “I get on really well with Neil and it’s done now.”

Levein said he had not had any contact with Lennon since the derby, but is planning to speak to his Hibs counterpart.

He said: “No I haven’t (spoken to him), but I will do at some point.”

Levein’s side travel to Hamilton on Wednesday as the Ladbrokes Premiership resumes after the winter break, and he is still looking to do business - both incoming and outgoing - before the end of the transfer window after the instant impact of Steven Naismith and Demetri Mitchell.

“Rafa Grzelak moved on and we are working on one or two others and that helps to provide wages for new players to come in,” he said.

“I will have to wait and see. I can’t tell you what will happen but I am preparing for a number of different things.

“We are trying to balance the squad out, and at least one more player would help.”