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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: CELTIC HERO REVEALS ‘DOG’S ABUSE’, BARTLEY EXPLAINS HIBS EXIT, HEARTS DEFENDER MOVES, FOUR EYE WELL KID

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CELTIC legend Peter Grant has spoken of the occasion he and Tony Mowbray were confronted by raging fans following a 4-0 flop against St Mirren – the evening before the managerial double-act were given the boot.

The Hoops, with players such as Robbie Keane, Aiden McGeady and Georgios Samaras in the team, were thrashed by the Paisley outfit on an ill-fated encounter on March 24 2010.

The visitors, with keeper Lukasz Zaluska looking particularly shaky, collapsed as Gus MacPherson’s ran amok in a torrid second-half for the Celts.

Grant, who was assistant to Mowbray, recalled the moment he faced angry supporters outside Parkhead when the team bus returned home.

The former midfield star, speaking on Si Ferry’s Open Goal show, said: “We got a phone call to tell us to take the bus round the back way, but I was like: ‘That will be right, we’ll be going to the front gate in front of those supporters’.

CAN’T BEAR TO LOOK…Tony Mowbray in pain in Paisley as the Hoops are walloped 4-0 by St Mirren.

“‘We’ll go and face them. We’ve embarrassed them, so let’s face it out there’.

“We went round to the front, came out and got pelters.

“I stood and spoke to the supporters who gave me dog’s abuse.

“But I said to them: ‘Llisten, if you’re asking me to resign, that won’t be happening. If I get sacked that’s completely different, but me walk away from here? Never in a million years’.”

Grant and Mowbray were sacked the following morning.

MARVIN BARTLEY has revealed why Paul Heckingbottom allowed him to leave Hibs in the summer.

The defensive midfielder, who is now with Livingston, departed the Easter Road outfit along with Australian Mark Milligan as the new boss altered the tactics favoured by previous gaffer Neil Lennon.

Bartley, who made only 13 league appearances last season, told BBC Sportsound: “Mark and I were probably better when Hibs didn’t have the ball.

“If you’re then thinking that you’re going to be a team that’s going to have a lot of possession like Celtic or Rangers, then you’re probably thinking to yourself: ‘Well, maybe we don’t need a holding midfielder as such, maybe we could have almost like a deep lying playmaker’.

“What Hibs are now finding difficult is that they’re not have a lot of the ball, they’re being countered a lot.

“They don’t have anyone within that role to stop these counters.”

BOBBY BURNS, Hearts’ young left-back, has joined Australian A-League outfit Newcastle Jets on loan.

The versatile Northern Irishman has played just one first team game this season, the Betfred League Cup win over Cowdenbeath.

Aidy White and Ben Garrucio are both injured which leaves Craig Levein with teenager Aaron Hickey as is only fit No.3.

Burns joined the Tynecastle men from Glenavon and was sent on loan to Livingston before making 10 appearances for the Edinburgh outfit in the second half of last season.

JAMES SCOTT, Motherwell’s promising forward, is a wanted man with FOUR English top-flight teams watching him ahead of the transfer window re-opening in January.

The talented attacker has caught the attention of Everton, Sheffield United, Southampton and Bournemouth.

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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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