The Kyle Lafferty saga is one that has not only left a stain on the player, but also his club.
The ‘substantial fine’ that Killie have said to have punished the player with doesn’t seem to be washing with many Celtic fans and it’s certainly not went down well with Hugh Keevins.
After Lafferty admitted the charge of using sectarian language towards Celtic fans, Keevins seemed perplexed that he was included in the match day squad.
Speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, Keevins said, “My difficulty with it is that Kilmarnock have found him guilty.
“Otherwise they would not have fined the player and the player would not have had to say that he now, with the benefit of hindsight, regret his actions in Belfast.
“I don’t think he should be in a Kilmarnock jersey. And we’ll have to wait to the findings of the hearing into it.
“But the findings must be easy to assess because Kilmarnock have found him guilty of it having looked at the video footage of what went on in a nightclub.
“I do think that he should be on the bench. The club have found him guilty therefore having found him guilty, what’s he doing on your bench?”
He pretty much stopped short of saying the striker should have been banned from the club.
I sensed that was where he was going with it.
Put it this way, if he was found guilty of racist language against a black man, would Lafferty have been included in the squad?
If you’re answer is no then that tells you all you need to know about attitudes to racism in Scotland.
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