"Out of order"; Dundee ban Boyd after comments about Celtic loanee Griffiths

By Euan Davidson

September 28, 2021

Pundit Kris Boyd has been banned from Dundee’s Dens Park after his piece on Celtic loanee Leigh Griffiths.

Boyd, writing in his Sun column, expressed the abuse Griffiths was getting from opposition fans was “karma” [Sun]. Specifically, Boyd spoke about incidents at Ibrox, when a jubilant Leigh Griffiths waved a tricolour flag, or when he tied a Celtic scarf to a post at Rangers’ home stadium.

In response, Dundee have locked the former Rangers and Kilmarnock striker out of coverage for their home games. Per the Daily Record:

“We informed Sky Sports of our decision on Saturday morning that Kris Boyd wouldn’t be getting any pre-match access from anyone at Dundee.

“Some of the stuff he wrote about Leigh was just ridiculous and out of order.”

Boyd’s is the latest in a series of pundit bans across Scotland. Andy Walker has previously had his access revoked at both Celtic and Rangers. Meanwhile, more recently, Neil Lennon and Chris Sutton were denied entry from Ibrox.

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Griffiths was sent on loan to Dundee this summer, and is yet to hit the mark for the Tayside club.

He’s been backed by manager and friend James McPake, whose Dundee side sit bottom of the table with 3 wins and 4 losses from 7 games [BBC].

Dundee ban Boyd over Leigh Griffiths comments, and they’re right to

Look, there are reasons to legitimately criticise Leigh Griffiths, if that’s what you want to do.

There are reasons opposition fans don’t like him.

But to pile on like Boyd did, and dredge up times when he was celebrating with Celtic is not becoming of a professional pundit. It’s low, frankly. Yes, players get abuse from crowds, that’s nothing new, but to call it “karma” for waving a flag?

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Little wonder he’s been banned from Dens Park. Out of context, saying he expects a player to receive abuse from a crowd is unprofessional at best, and dangerous at worst.

If your job is to analyse football, then analyse football. It’s to whip up supporters into a frenzy because of pretty typical Derby behaviour from years ago.

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