Derek McInnes backs Celtic boss Neil Lennon's stance on points deduction theory

By David Walton

August 19, 2020

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has echoed Neil Lennon’s view that Hibernian owner Ron Gordon should be careful.

Hibs supremo Gordon told Hibs TV that there would be widespread support around the Premiership for points deductions against teams whose players breach government protocols regarding the current health pandemic.

This came after Aberdeen and Celtic both needed to postpone two matches each due to their players breaching health and safety guidelines over the last week.

Neil Lennon wasn’t happy with Ron Gordon’s view / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon told the press that those comments from Gordon were “absolute nonsense” (Daily Record). He also stated his belief that it could happen to any club in the league.

And Dons boss McInnes was in full agreement. Speaking to the Press and Journal, McInnes said: “It is easy for people to say certain things sitting from their position but ultimately it could be any club that has to suffer this and he has to be careful with what he is saying.

“There are a lot of hypocritical people out there who took a huge sigh of relief in Scottish football that we were the ones caught and we’ve had to take the full consequences of that but not everybody has been squeaky clean in general and we’re aware of that.

“It’s important other clubs have that understanding and sympathy. We’ve not been reckless or careless. Sometimes these things happen and it could be Hibs next time, it could be anybody.”

A time for togetherness and not division

McInnes is on fire here. He may not be the most popular Scottish football figure in the Celtic supporters’ books, but he hasn’t put a foot wrong on this topic.

Gordon’s words seemed opportunistic. Chairmen and owners simply can’t afford to sit there and be overly-confident about their players’ actions.

For example, does Gordon know what the likes of Christian Doidge, Scott Allan, Daryl Horgan, or any other Hibs player is up to at the weekend? We’re not suggesting for one moment that any of those players are going to breach protocol, but the fact is none of them will be tracked 24 hours a day.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes / (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Therefore, you simply can’t be certain that it won’t be one of your players who commits the next offence.

Let’s be real – who would’ve picked Boli if they were asked to blindly select a player who broke government guidelines? Nobody could’ve seen this coming. The same goes for the likes of Jonny Hayes and Scott McKenna if you’re an Aberdeen fan.

Hopefully, Hibs’ Gordon has reflected on his on view. If points are deducted from anyone for an individual’s actions, it sets a dangerous precedent for the season ahead.

In other news, Celtic fans were overjoyed by the performance of one key man last night.