Hearts midfielder Loic Damour has hit out at Celtic captain Scott Brown – claiming he runs roughshod over referees and has licence to do what he wants.
The Frenchman, who arrived in Scotland from Cardiff City in August, has not been impressed with Brown as he accused him of dominating match officials.
Damour even went as far to claim he is the driving influence in how games are officiated.
Damour faced Brown on Wednesday night at Tynecastle as Celtic's 2-0 win over the Jambos moved them five points clear in the Premiership title race.
Referee Bobby Madden booked the Celtic captain after 17 minutes for a challenge on Aaron Hickey.
But Damour feels that Brown has been allowed to unduly influence games in his role as Hoops captian.
He told the Evening News: “I was very happy to get the 90 minutes against Celtic because that was my first 90 minutes since January.
“I was f***** at the end but I continued to work for the team. I enjoyed the battle, especially with Brown, I think his name is.
"Apparently he is like the king of the league because he can do whatever he wants on the pitch and the referee never says anything.
"He is the referee on the pitch and that is seemingly normal here. I was very frustrated about that so I wanted to let him know we have a referee on the pitch and he is not the referee.
“He plays his game but he also plays like the referee so it is like we have no referee on the pitch.
"I’m starting to know this league now and I can see that when we play Celtic, okay, Brown is the referee.
"It’s easy for them just now because they are top of the league and apparently they always win against Hearts at the moment but hopefully we will be in better condition next time we play them and then we’ll see what happens.”