RAGING Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom branded Kilmarnock’s Alex Bruce as a “f*****g diver” during a stormy aftermatch interview following his side’s 1-0 loss at Rugby Park.

The Killie defender went down in the first-half following a challenge from David Gray that earned the penalty-kick from which Eamonn Brophy scored the only goal of a highly-competitive encounter.

At the end of the game, according to the Sunday Mail, Heckingbottom made his displeasure known as he walked past Bruce, who was being interviewed by media.

An astonished home player chased after the Easter Road gaffer who was a former team-mate at Sheffield Wednesday.

Bruce demanded to know if his comment was meant in jest and Heckingbottom insisted he was deadly serious.

And the Edinburgh club’s manager wasn’t pleased with the performance of his players, either.

Heckingbottom said of the penalty-kick award: “You can see it’s soft. Alex felt contact, went down and the ref saw it.

“But we’re not going to rely on refs to win the game. It’s down to us. We were rubbish, that’s why we didn’t win.”

Hibs bring down the curtain on an eventful season at Easter Road a week today when Aberdeen are the visitors.


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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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