Keatings’ team, or at least the team he plays for, had already secured their place in the Scottish Cup final with victory over Dundee United when the striker, who was suspended for the semi, told Twitter followers he would be “up early” for the “big game” the next day. He later tweeted: “C’mon the Hoops”.
Stubbs said he was unaware of the tweets but resolved to speak to Keatings.
“Sometimes the hard thing is asking them [the players] to think,” he said. “I think we have seen a number of players from other clubs tweet things at the weekend which have referred to Celtic or Rangers. All I would say to them is think before you press that send button, because once it has gone there’s no getting it back.
“Yes, probably deep down they are a fan of one of those clubs. But they have to understand they have a responsibility to the football club they are at as well. I haven’t spoken to James because I didn’t know he’d done that. I will once I find out more about it.”