If you happened to be browsing the Friday newspapers (or online editions) chances are you would have come across a pretty stark headline about Celtic defender Christopher Jullien.
The article about the Hoops stalwart is derived from some quotes from Livingston forward Lyndon Dykes – who has given Jullien a torrid time on two occasions this season.
The Scottish Sun went with the headline: “Dykes brands Jullien timid” – suggesting that the striker had gone all out on the big defender in press, just days after facing him on the pitch.
The Daily Record were slightly better but still included the words “timid” and “nervous” in their online headline.
If you actually read the quotes, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
What did Dykes actually say about Jullien?
Dykes actually described Jullien as “a great player” and said it was “a big compliment” to hear that he had played well against him.
“He’s a great player and he shows it week in, week out,” the former Queen of the South man told Not The Old Firm.
“Maybe he was a bit timid and a few times I got in behind him and he was a bit nervous – but I’m not sure.
“It’s a big compliment to me because he’s a £7 million defender.
“I just went out to do my best and show him he wasn’t going to get an easy time of it. Hopefully I did that”
So Dykes wasn’t having a dig at the defender at all. His “timid” quote was preceded by a “maybe” and followed by a “I’m not sure.”
Dykes wasn’t branding Jullien timid at all.
Why have the media gone heavy on Jullien?
This kind of headline is just a little bit more evidence of the media creating a story that really isn’t there.
We weren’t at the Livi press conference but you get the distinct impression that Dykes’ quotes have been taken a little out of context, and he wasn’t taking aim at the big Frenchman at all.
We never go too hard on the Scottish media on 67HH. We understand they’ve got a job to do, and targets to meet, just like ourselves.
But sometimes it requires us to take a look at what’s being reported, and how it’s perhaps being reported unfairly.
Dykes’ comments on Jullien are the perfect embodiment of this.