Shay Logan insists Celtic captain Scott Brown’s arrival as a player-coach at Aberdeen subsequent season didn’t affect his resolution to go away Pittodrie to affix Hearts on mortgage.
The 33-year-old full-back, whose Aberdeen contract expires this summer season, joined Hearts on mortgage till the tip of the season simply days after the Dons introduced that they had agreed a deal to signal Brown as a player-coach.
In 2014, Brown defended then-Celtic team-mate Aleksandar Tonev after he was accused by Logan of directing racist language in direction of him throughout a match between Celtic and Aberdeen in the identical 12 months.
“All of us stick by him. We all know he did not say it so I feel that is the primary factor and all of the lads in that dressing room imagine him,” Brown mentioned in defence of his team-mate.
The Bulgaria worldwide was later discovered responsible of utilizing “abusive language of racist nature” in direction of Logan and was subsequently banned for seven video games.
Logan laughed off the suggestion his Aberdeen exit was influenced by Brown’s transfer, saying: “In the case of incidents, on the pitch you could have stuff with all types of gamers.
“It is not that we did not get on, he performed for Celtic and I performed for Aberdeen, there was rivalry on the pitch as a result of he needed to win and I needed to win. When it comes to that, I’ve had fights like that on the pitch for 12 years.
“I’ve not obtained a private vendetta in opposition to Scott Brown, I do not suppose he has one in opposition to me. Him coming to Aberdeen has nothing in any respect to do with me leaving, my contract is up.
“Am I his mate? No. Do I do know him? No. Do I hear he is an effective man? Sure.
“I solely decide individuals off what I’ve seen and are available throughout, so we have had a little bit of ‘argy bargy’ on the pitch, and it stays on the pitch.
“Anything to do with what individuals could be saying round him backing Tonev – I’ve left that each one prior to now. It does not trouble me now, it is so far gone. I solely ever give it some thought when somebody brings it up. It has nothing to do with me leaving Aberdeen.”
‘Kamara is aware of what was mentioned to him’
Logan says he sees similarities between his expertise with Tonev and the alleged racist abuse of Glen Kamara throughout Rangers’ Europa League match in opposition to Slavia Prague on March 18.
Slavia deny the allegations and say there was “biased strain on UEFA and police officers” throughout ongoing investigations.
Logan says he would by no means accuse a fellow skilled of racist abuse if he was not sure over what he heard.
“It should not occur in 2021. It mustn’t occur. Whether it is occurring and it’s alleged, individuals nonetheless suppose Tonev’s was alleged. I do know what was mentioned to me and Glen is aware of what was mentioned to him,” he continued.
“I’d by no means attempt to smash or damage anyone’s soccer profession for simply swearing at me, for one thing that may simply be brushed apart.
“For me, I solely ever spoke about it as a result of I believed I should not should go onto a soccer pitch the place that may be mentioned.”