Derek McInnes has joined the Aberdeen supporters who racially maltreated Celtic striker Scott Sinclair during the Betfred Cup final last weekend. The Dons manager insists, however, that this was an unacceptable incident and not a common problem for the Pittodrie club.
Sinclair hit Twitter after watching a video of the racist Slur against him when he saved a penalty in his club's 1-0 win at Hampden. The 29-year-old Celtic striker described it as "absolute shame for the ignorance of the uneducated fan who cries racial abuse".
Shay Logan, fullback of Aberdeen, himself a victim of racial abuse. Celtic full-back Aleksandar Tonev, who was suspended for seven games in 2014, has been called a Sinclair incident. "If you use someone's skin color, you must try to offend a fellow human being you lose in life," Logan said on social media. "BLACK WHITE ASIAN we are all the same."
It is a view that confirms his manager and Aberdeen will take action against the perpetrator of last Sunday if he can be identified.
McInnes said, "Any racial abuse at this time is shocking. It is embarrassing for the individual. It's not a club problem for me. It is the individual.
"This type of commentary may have been commonplace in the sixties and seventies, and at the time it was appalling and shocking, and all the more so. It is shocking that Scott Sinclair and all other players are still affected. "
In the meantime, the Dons announced yesterday that winger Connor McLennan has signed a new contract that will keep him in the club until the end of the 2020-21 season.
19-year-old McLennan debuted at the age of 16 against St. Johnstone at the end of the 2015/16 season, before progress was hampered by injury.
After loan on Brechin City, he received his home game in the 4-0 victory of the Betfred Cup against St. Mirren this season. A few months later he made his first start against the Buddies and scored in the 2-0 victory.
McLennan replaced injured Gary Mackay-Steven last Sunday in Hampden and was rewarded with a starting place in the 1-0 Ligue victory on Wednesday night in Ibrox.
"As soon as I found out, I could not wait to sign the contract," he said.
"It was a great week for me when I played in the final and started at Ibrox. My goal is now to consolidate a permanent place in the first team. "