Neil Lennon’s Hoops dropped points for the first time in this Scottish Premiership season as they failed to break down a resolute Hibs side who had endured a miserable start to season, piling pressure on the former Leeds and Barnsley boss Heckingbottom.
So you would think the 42-year-old would be thrilled about securing a hard-fought draw against the champions, even if they dropped two points thanks to a brilliant Ryan Christie header which cancelled out a Kristoffer Ajer own goal.
But after Ntcham avoided an early bath despite lashing out at Josh Vela, Heckingbottom was left with a sour taste in the mouth.
“He should have been sent off three times. For the three punches,” said the Hibs boss, whose mood wasn’t helped when he was sent to the stands after a wild kick at an innocent water battle.
“That is the worst one and that is the biggest injustice. You tell me why it isn’t a sending off?
“There was something different about that. That wasn’t right, that.”
Lennon himself admitted that Ntcham could, and perhaps should, have been given his marching orders with the Celtic boss relieved that the league leaders returned to Edinburgh with a point to their name.
Rangers, meanwhile, provided a clear statement of intent as they battered Aberdeen 5-0 later in the day. There might be a title race after all this season.
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