I see some of Scotland journalists are trying to deflect the blame from the Aberdeen players who after getting beaten by the Rangers last Saturday decided to go out to the pub instead of being responsible adults they behaved like spoiled children. Professional Footballers? Nothing Professional about their behaviour!
The players certainly were not out celebrating the performance of the team. They didn’t show up in the first half and showed little improvement in the second half and gifted the visitors 3 points without breaking sweat.
They broke the rules that players have been asked to stick to so football could return in Scotland safely. The Scottish government agreed with the SFA and the SPFL how football could get restarted and although football without fans is not the same it has given us something to look forward as it is a step in the right direction and it has given fans a glimmer of hope of getting back into stadiums at some stage during the season.
Trying to blame the government on re-opening the pubs for the behaviour of these players is baffling. Anyone who cares about football in Scotland should not be feeling sorry for 8 players who let their club and their fans down.
I’m not Scottish but looking in from the outside it would seem that both the tabloids and broad sheet employees are trying to point score against the Scottish Government, shameful but expected from the Unionist press. Boris will be happy with his media puppets.
I wonder how Aberdeen fans feel about it, the fans who splashed out on season books with the possibility of not being able to use them when they heard the news, I’m sure many of them wanted to boot these idiots hard in the balls.
If Celtic players had been involved I don’t think the same journalists would be coming out in their defence. Neil Lennon spoke about players attending training and then going home, repeating everyday till match day. Footballers are privileged to be working never mind getting paid to play football while many supporters wait in hope to return to work and future security.
The actions of the Aberdeen players who’s game with St. Johnstone could not go ahead and also now put the prospect of social distance reduced attendance at football by fans in doubt after the government and Scottish football representatives were talking about test games ahead of some kind of return mid September.
Andrew Milne started More than 90 Minutes in 2001. He has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Malone’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.