Police have launched a criminal investigation into allegations that a Hearts fan tried to punch Scott Sinclair as he celebrated scoring on his debut at Tynecastle.
Footage showed a number of fans standing up and trying to grab or hit Sinclair as the Celtic winger raced past Hearts fans in the Roseburn Stand to celebrate his goal with the Celtic fans in the away end.
A Police Scotland statement read: “Police in Edinburgh are investigating after a supporter attempted to confront a Celtic player within Tynecastle Stadium on Sunday 7th August.”
Here’s a couple of Hearts fans trying to punch Scott Sinclair after his goal… pic.twitter.com/NK995SZ7BI
— DaveK (@DaveKelly88) August 7, 2016
Hearts issued a statement on Monday afternoon, which added: “Hearts is aware of an alleged incident following a goal scored by Scott Sinclair during the Celtic match at Tynecastle on Sunday 7th August.
“The club have been in discussion with Police Scotland and this matter is now the subject of a criminal investigation. The club will work with Criminal Lawyer Marc Saupin and the police, sharing all relevant information as necessary.”
Back in 2011, then-Celtic manager Neil Lennon was assaulted by Hearts fan John Wilson – who dodged past security and got onto the sidelines – after the Northern Irishman had celebrated Celtic just scoring. Wilson was jailed for eight months for breach of the peace.