Lawrence Shankland reveals Celtic stars 'bottled it' taunt as he shares what really happened with Hart

The Hearts striker has had his say on what actually went down between him and the Celtic goalie.

Lawrence Shankland has revealed what happened in a heated stand-off with Joe Hart as Celtic lost to Hearts in the Premiership.

The striker was ruled offside for one goal but eventually buried the winner on a dramatic afternoon at Tynecastle which the home side won 2-0. Jorge Grant fired the Jambos in front but not before a taunt from goalkeeper Hart towards the striker.

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TV footage appeared to show the shot stopper accusing the Scotland striker of being a 's******g' for not taking it. In the end Shankland had the last laugh and shared post-match what actually happened when the pair exchanged words.

Asked what Hart said to him, the Hearts captain smiled: "I don’t think I could say it. He was obviously having a bit of banter. He was clearly expecting me to take the penalty and had probably studied me all week.

"I think it probably threw him a bit when Jorge hit it, which can sometimes be a good thing. Previous to now, I’d obviously hit the last two, but Jorge wasn’t on the pitch.

"He hit one against Aberdeen [in January] and scored after I’d missed three in a row, so there’s no reason for him not to hit them when he’s on the pitch. It’s something I’m quite comfortable with and there was no bickering about it. I was quite happy for him to go and score.

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"I think it threw him [Hart]. He would’ve made his mind up where he was going if I was taking the penalty and studied it a bit - but Jorge went up composed and scored. It’s just part and parcel of the game. I would’ve probably said the same thing. A couple of the outfield players had asked if I’d bottled it as well. I would’ve been asking as well if I’d been in their position.

"That’s football. That’s what it’s all about. There’s always that bit of banter between the players on the pitch, but I was confident in Jorge to go and score."

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