Following up on his comical response yesterday to criticism of his players at Ibrox, Livingston manager Mark Burchill has managed to dig his hole even deeper by referring to Rangers winger Nathan Oduwa’s ethnicity as a defence of his Kieron Gibbon’s career-threatening tackle on him in the opening seconds of Rangers’ quarter final versus his men in Govan last night.
Speaking on Clyde’s Super Scoreboard, the former Celtic player comfounded listeners and compounded his own mistakes by making an even worse case to defend the tackle.
“We’ve got to remember here; there is two players involved in this. Kieron Gibbons is a young, talented Scottish footballer who has signed for a Scottish club. Nathan Oduwa is an English footballer who has not signed for a Scottish club. So we are pulling someone…we’re dragging someone over the coal who is one of our own, who is a player who could possibly play for Scotland in the future…”
I am not even going to try to translate what any of this flabbergasting nonsense may have meant, whether it is underpinnings of racism, or sheer irrelevance, or base stupidity, but it is clear to see that Burchill, rather than doing the right thing and admitting it was a bad tackle, is simply too dim to do so.