Derek McInnes defends Dave Cormack regarding Celtic jibe

By David Walton

January 14, 2020

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has typically defended chairman Dave Cormack’s embarrassing Celtic dig.

The new Dons chief was in the spotlight last month after letting his emotions get the better of him on Twitter. Sam Cosgrove was sent off and slapped with a two-game ban for a shocking challenge on Kristoffer Ajer. Cormack then used social media to have a dig at the Celtic defender on social media.

He stated that the Norwegian “feigned injury with his triple salvo and miraculous recovery”. Instead of actually condemning the reckless challenge of his player, Cormack was more interested in having a dig at Celtic (Scottish Sun).

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

McInnes has reacted to the nature of his chairman’s comments. Speaking to the Press and Journal, he said Cormack can do whatever he likes.

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“It is his right, his prerogative, to be the chairman the way he wants to do it. He has put enough money into the club.

“Without his drive and investment, the training ground wouldn’t have been completed. The collaboration with Atlanta that has been brought in as a result of Dave being here gives us a bit more strength as a club. I think that collaboration will pay dividends.

“Dave is just like Stewart, he just wants the best and most competitive team out there. But they are totally different in nature and totally different in how they want to be chairman.”

Like it or not, Cormack’s approach was embarrassing

Everyone is entitled to their opinion on the Cosgrove challenge. Many felt it wasn’t a red card and that’s fine. However, for someone in Cormack’s position, his approach was simply ridiculous.

Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove (Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

This is the chairman of Aberdeen Football Club. Yet, instead of showing a bit of class, he was on social media moaning like a bitter supporter.

Perhaps this was simply Cormack’s way of trying to connect with his new supporters. A publicity stunt perhaps. However, McInnes’ comments don’t come as a surprise either. He, after all, tried to make out as though Cosgrove’s challenge was a superb one (Evening Express).

Could you imagine the stick that the likes of Dermott Desmond or Peter Lawwell would get if they were having digs at opposition players via social media?

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

It’s an extremely amateurish route to go down. Cormack has to remember his position of responsibility at Pittodrie. Therefore, to call out a young footballer like that and suggest he’s cheated is poor on Cormack’s part.

Hopefully, he doesn’t continue to be so problematic on social media in the future. With the position he holds, you would expect more maturity, and it’s clear McInnes is too scared to admit that too.