Davie Provan hits out at Kris Boyd's Celtic points deduction theory

By David Walton

August 16, 2020

Davie Provan has slammed Kris Boyd’s desperate Celtic verdict after he voiced his demand for the Hoops to be deducted points.

Celtic have missed their last two scheduled fixtures thanks to defender Boli Bolingoli’s protocol breach during the current health pandemic. This has led to a debate regarding whether clubs should be punished as well as the players.

Unsurprisingly, Boyd was full of enthusiasm at the idea of Celtic dropping six points in the title race. He bizarrely highlighted the fact that the club was happy to take Legia Warsaw’s place in the Champions League six years ago when they fielded an ineligible player as some sort of irony (Scottish Sun).

Sky Sports’ Kris Boyd (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

But former Celtic man Provan has hit back at that idea in his Scottish Sun column.

Instead, he believes that St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin came up with a better solution.

Provan said: “The suggestion clubs should forfeit points if they’re responsible for a game being called off is daft. Why would you punish players who are following the guidelines because of one who can’t?

“St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin had a better solution. A lengthy suspension for guilty individuals makes more sense. If a player deliberately ignores the Covid-19 restrictions, he should be fined and banned.

“That possibility must terrify Neil Doncaster. With Sturgeon threatening a red card, the game is on a knife-edge. Halting the season now would make last season’s shambles resemble a picnic.”

Celtic can’t control their players 24 hours a day

The whole points deduction nonsense is just crazy. It lacks any base for an argument about it, as there’s one simple counter-argument that ends any plausibility Boyd’s view has.

Clubs don’t control their players 24 hours a day. When they give their players some time off, it’s down to the player to be responsible. When that player commits a crime, it doesn’t trace back to the football club. He becomes an individual.

And that’s exactly what should happen to Boli. He becomes an individual in this matter, not a Celtic Football Club employee. How on earth can Celtic stop him from going to a particular venue on his day off? We don’t have official club security at airports to ensure employees don’t check-in for their flights.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

You have to give these players some trust. That’s the only thing Neil Lennon and Celtic were guilty of – giving their 25-year-old defender the respect you should give any adult employee.

For me, the ex-Rangers man is clearly just looking to give his old side any advantage they can get in the title race. A Celtic points deduction would certainly give them that.

However, with both Celtic and Aberdeen charged for their players’ errors (BBC), we can only hope the governing body sees sense come the verdict.

In other news, SFA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell provided Scottish football fans with a blow regarding a potential return to stadia.