CRAIG LEVEIN has sparked controversy by inferring that Scott Brown went out his way to make sure Harry Cochrane felt the full force of the Celtic Captain.

Speaking after the game, Levein was coy but believed Broony had set an agenda with regards to his player after the Tynecastle meeting.

“I think in the last game, Harry had a really good match and on a few occasions, he got the better of Scott Brown.

“I think Scott had made his mind that Harry wasn’t going to do that again tonight”

When asked to elaborate on these comments Levein said.

“I’m not saying there were any particularly wild challenges.

“He certainly had it in mind.

“I think everybody should get a little bit more protection from Scott Brown.”

Celtic ran out comfortable 3-1 winners against Hearts on Tuesday night, clear sour grapes from the Hearts manager.

It’s astonishing that he would target the Celtic captain in this way, a man who has only had five red cards in his ten years at Celtic.