Scott Brown has 'character and credentials' to be Aberdeen coach as Cormack dismisses Shay Logan rift rumours

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has dismissed rumours of a rift between incoming coach Scott Brown and departed Dons defender Shay Logan.

Celtic's Scott Brown (left) with Aberdeen's Shay Logan in Settember 2018. (Picture: SNS)
Celtic's Scott Brown (left) with Aberdeen's Shay Logan in Settember 2018. (Picture: SNS)

News of Brown’s appointment at Pittodrie as Stephen Glass’ assistant was followed just a few days later by the departure of Logan on loan to Hearts, and the Dons chairman was questioned on both moves during his fans forum on Wednesday evening.

Defender Logan was at the centre of a racism row involving then Celtic winger Aleksander Tonev in 2014. At the time, Brown said that the Celtic players and club would “stick by” the Bulgarian but the Scottish FA ultimately banned the winger for seven games for "using abusive language of a racist nature".

Cormack says there is no further issue between the pair and that incoming coach Brown has the ‘character and credentials’ for his role in Stephen Glass’ new-look team.

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

"It's important you get the right person with the right values,” said Cormack. “Let's talk about the incident – Tonev was found guilty of abusing Shay and he was rightly punished.

“We as a club stood up for Shay. The only time Shay thinks about it is when others bring it up. There are no other issues between Shay and Scott, both are tough competitors on the field.

“Rightly or wrongly players invariably support what their team-mates say to them but that does not make them guilty of the crime their team-mate is then punished for.

“We all saw [Scott] on the spur of the moment go and show solidarity with Glen Kamara when they played Rangers. Scott has led players of all backgrounds for the best part of 15 years.

“He is totally different off the field to his on the field character as many people will know. The charitable work he does goes above and beyond. As such the board is convinced of Scott’s character and credentials.”

Brown will join the club in the summer as player-coach and Cormack explained the background to Logan’s exit to Hearts too – but the defender who once dressed up as Brown on a stag do prank – will return to Pittodrie for “the final few weeks of the season at which point we can rightly thank him and show our appreciation for seven years of tremendous dedication and service to the club.”

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