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Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland is pelted with objects – including a pie (which he took a bite of!) and a bottle opener – thrown by Hibs fans as boss Steven Naismith warns away supporters could be banned from Edinburgh derby

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Steven Naismith warned that a repeat of the missile throwing witnessed before Lawrence Shankland’s penalty could spell the end of the Edinburgh derby as we know it.

Awarded the chance to cancel out Emiliano Marcondes’ opener from 12 yards, the Hearts captain had to delay his strike for over a minute as objects were thrown in his direction by home supporters.

A bottle opener, lighter, a meat pie and a pair of Apple AirPods were thrown at Shankland as he stepped up to take the penalty. The Hearts centre forward was seen taking a bite out of the pie before laughing at the opposition fans.

Naismith, meanwhile, believes that such shameful scenes could eventually lead to the number of Hibs fans in attendance at future games in Gorgie being reduced.

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‘The way he acts for the penalty and his calmness to find the net, these are the defining moments in games,’ he said. ‘But all the stuff getting launched on, it’s just not acceptable.

Steven Naismith warned that missile throwing as was seen during Tuesday's match between Hibernian and Hearts, could spell the end of the Edinburgh derby

Steven Naismith warned that missile throwing as was seen during Tuesday’s match between Hibernian and Hearts, could spell the end of the Edinburgh derby

Lawrence Shankland stepped up to take a penalty at the end of the first half, but numerous missiles were thrown at him, including a bottle opener

Lawrence Shankland stepped up to take a penalty at the end of the first half, but numerous missiles were thrown at him, including a bottle opener

A meat pie was also thrown onto the pitch, with the centre-forward picking it up and taking a bite

A meat pie was also thrown onto the pitch, with the centre-forward picking it up and taking a bite

‘If that then gets looked at, what’s going to happen is they are just going to reduce the amount of fans that can go into that stand and that’s going to impact on what I think is a good atmosphere and a good derby, which has a fierce rivalry. 

‘It’s just idiots that are going to spoil the party for everybody.

‘I think it was everything that was in everyone’s pockets whether it be comics, vapes or whatever. It’s just not good enough.’

Naismith was disappointed that his side didn’t do enough to win the contest and stretch their lead in the Premiership over their city rivals. ‘It was slightly better than our last game (at Ibrox), but probably lacked a bit of quality for both teams,’ he said.

‘It was end-to-end at times, both teams had chances and, ultimately, that bit of quality was the thing that was missing in the game.

‘Going behind, we showed good resilience to get back into it then dominate a bit of the game. When we had control of the ball and made the right decisions, we were a threat and created chances. It was just that final moment.’

Naismith felt the penalty referee Kevin Clancy gave for Will Fish’s foul on Kenneth Vargas was correct.

Some fans even threw a pair of Apple AirPods at Shankland, which seemed to bemuse the forward

Some fans even threw a pair of Apple AirPods at Shankland, which seemed to bemuse the forward

He was also seen holding a cigarette lighter, with Naismith claiming that 'some idiots are going to spoil the party for everybody'

He was also seen holding a cigarette lighter, with Naismith claiming that ‘some idiots are going to spoil the party for everybody’

‘I was quite confident when he went to the screen that we’d still get given the penalty, if I’m honest,’ he added.

‘I felt Kenneth did get enough of the ball for it to be a foul but if it wasn’t given, I didn’t think you’d have an argument either.’

Hibs boss Nick Montgomery felt his side should have left Tynecastle with a victory.

‘It’s a sign of the team I have assembled, with some help in the window,’ he said of the display.

‘The momentum has been building in the last couple of weeks.

‘I thought we were brilliant tonight, I thought we deserved all three points.’

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