JOHN HARTSON has hit the nail on the head but time in his latest Evening Times column as he condemns Aberdeen for their actions and temperament during the Scottish Cup Semi Final.
We find ourselves in the very familiar scenario where Celtic players have behaved impeccably against some real viscous challenges, provocation and just general anti-football. But the story is not about how Aberdeen disgraced a semi-final, it’s about how Derek McInnes took the huff with very few people shining a light on his disgrace of a team and how he set up that team on the day.
We’re in a situation where the charge of ‘not acting in the best interests of association football’ can be levied against you and if the SFA had the smallest of clues about what that actually meant or covered, Aberdeen could have very well been in the dock.
Speaking about the behaviour John Hartson nails it:
“LET’S just imagine for a minute that Aberdeen had beaten Celtic 3-0 on Sunday, Celtic had two men sent off and Neil Lennon had been sent to the stand for making a gesture to the crowd. Can you imagine the headlines on Monday morning?
“The police would be getting involved, the SFA would be getting involved, they’d all be saying ‘ban him, sack him, they are out of order, Scott Brown needs to be kicked out of the club.’ The whole country would be going absolutely mental.
“When it comes to the big games, Celtic have the temperament to handle the occasion and anything that their opponents throw at them. It’s a real testament to the players.”
The very late challenge of Ryan Christie’s, elbows flying everywhere with Sam Cosgrove attempting to play football and Lewis Ferguson absolutely losing the head just before his manager did the same.