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BERRA LASHES OUT AT ‘CLASSLESS’ LAFFERTY 

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CHRISTOPHE BERRA accused former team-mate Kyle Lafferty of lacking class following Hearts’ 2-1 defeat against Rangers at Tynecastle yesterday.

The Edinburgh team’s skipper claimed the Irishman went overboard with his celebrations at the end of game.

Goals from Connor Goldson and Alfredo Morelos saw Steven Gerrard’s side overtake Celtic to go top of the Premiership.

Berra, who was making his first appearance after four months out with a hamstring injury, felt substitute Lafferty should have toned down his reaction to the win with respect to the support boss Craig Levein and club supremo Ann Budge had given to him during his battle with gambling addiction.

The defender had to be dragged away by keeper Allan McGregor from a potential confrontation with the beanpole attacker who quit the Jambos in August to return to the Govan outfit.

Berra said: “Kyle is a great lad and I’ve got no problem with him, but he’s just got to remember what this club did for him.

“Don’t get me wrong, Rangers pay his wages. It was just heat of the moment, he was away celebrating. I just thought he could have shown a bit of class. Just remember that it was these fans who got him that move.

“I was just angry at losing.”

YIPPEE…Kyle Lafferty celebrating Hearts’ win over Celtic in August. Pic: Geo.

Levein is certain to face disciplinary action from SFA compliance officer Clare Whyte after his rant against referee Bobby Madden’s “abysmal” performance.

The Hearts boss was astonished to see Morelos escape punishment following a number of run-ins with Berra and the defender agreed.

He added: “I’m sure he must have eyes in the back of his head because every goal-kick, he wasn’t looking at the ball, he was looking at me.

“I know it’s a tough job. And I like the physical battle. It doesn’t bother me. But when you do it five, six, seven times…”

The under-fire match official also dismissed Gers midfielder Scott Arfield for a reckless lunge on goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal – the team’s SEVENTH red card this season.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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