Romanov slams former players
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Vladimir Romanov has attacked three former Hearts players is his latest tirade.
Hearts supremo Vladimir Romanov has attacked three former players is his latest tirade.
Former captain Steven Pressley, defender Andy Webster and midfielder Paul Hartley have all come in for criticism from the outspoken Lithuanian.
Webster left the club in the summer for Wigan but has since returned to Scotland on loan at Rangers, while Pressley and Hartley have joined Celtic.
"I want to say that I'm surprised with many things, like, for example, the situation when betrayal is portrayed as an act of heroism," Romanov said in a statement on the club's official website.
"To my mind, there are no values in this life that are worth betrayal, even if we're talking about hooped shirts.
"If kids are being pushed towards betrayal, I call it seduction - but seduction of their souls.
"Let's see where it led in Webster's case: he hung around in different clubs and didn't play for the Scottish national team for a whole year.
"Other players who fell under this pressure showed miserable results while playing for the national team despite all the chances it had to win."
Romanov, who earlier criticised the Old Firm, also slammed the Scottish media, adding: "It's a pity that papers are not able to get an interview from me direct.
"Thank God I haven't come across any corruption in Scotland.
"I don't expect anything except lies and distortion of my quotes."
Goalkeeper Craig Gordon has escaped censure from Romanov after a positive meeting with the majority shareholder on Thursday.
The Scottish international has been missing for the last three games but will return to Valdas Ivanauskas' squad for the weekend clash with St Mirren.
Ivanauskas said: "Craig will be in the squad for the game on Saturday. It is too early to say whether he will play or not but he will be in the squad.
"Craig and Mr Romanov had a very good meeting today at the academy and both sides were very happy."