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Craig Levein Shrugs Off Boos From Hearts Fans After Reaching Scottish Cup Final

Craig Levein Shrugs Off Boos From Hearts Fans After Reaching Scottish Cup Final

Hearts manager Craig Levein has shrugged off boos from his own team’s supporters this afternoon after winning their Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

The Jambos went into today’s last-four clash against Championship side Inverness under serious pressure to conjure up a result, and they did so thanks to three second-half goals from Uche Ikpeazu, John Souttar and Sean Clare.

The Edinburgh club will now face either Aberdeen or Celtic in next month’s showpiece event at the National Stadium, but a section of their supporters seemed far from happy throughout, and were quite content to let Levein know their strong feelings in the form of boos and jeers.

However, boss Levein didn’t seem too affected by the show of dissent, saying via the Sun after the full-time whistle: “They can boo me if they like. I’ve been booed plenty times before – especially here at Hampden! – but I just want them to be behind the players.

“I’ve long ago stopped worrying about being criticised. It comes with the job, and the longer you’re in it, the more you realise it’s a part of it.

“If we don’t play well, we get criticised and complaining about it never does any good.

“At the same time, though, we need to do something to create atmosphere and we didn’t do that in the first half.

“Once we scored the first goal, the nervousness of the supporters disappeared, the same as it did with some of the players.

“You get judged every week on what’s good and bad, but the fact is that for the first time in 14 years, we’ve got two semi-finals this year.

“Now we’ve made that a semi-final and a final and I don’t know how many years it’s been since that happened.

“We’ve had a rollercoaster season, but I’m so proud of and pleased with the players, with how they handled the pressure, because that’s the element that was against us.

“Being favourites does make you worry sometimes about losing, but in the end we’re back playing here in May.

“It’s a very proud moment for me and it will be even prouder when the Cup final comes round.

“I’ve done a lot things in football but to come back and win a Cup with Hearts would be THE best thing.”

Hearts are now lying in wait for either Neil Lennon and his Celtic charges or Derek McInnes and his sturdy Dons – but who do you think will come out on top in the final?

And are Hearts fans right to boo their manager during such a big game?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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