FOR a player Celtic fans profess not to care about, Aberdeen’s Shay Logan seems to command an inordinate amount of their attention.

The Aberdeen full-back, of course, was no angel on Sunday at Celtic Park, where he was ordered off after the final whistle for aiming an apparent punch at Mikael Lustig, and goaded the home support after his side had sealed second place with their 1-0 victory. But from the outside, it is difficult to condemn the player for milking the moment given the abuse he has taken over the years from the Celtic support.

It is hard to square the countless tweets and numerous blogs from Celtic fans on Logan, most of which profess him to be an irrelevance and a nobody, with the fact that they had been written about him in the first place. Surely, if Logan was but a minor irritation, the hours after Celtic had lifted the Premiership trophy would have been spent celebrating that moment, rather than taking to the internet to froth about someone you viewed as a lowly gnat?

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Another central theme to some of these tirades was the notion that Celtic supporters do not boo Logan or single him out for abuse because of the alleged racist remarks made to him by on-loan Celtic winger Aleksander Tonev back in 2014. They say that it is the conduct of Logan himself since then that has irked them, and for many that may be true.

Logan has been involved in some high-profile altercations with Celtic players over the years, booting the ball at Leigh Griffiths and recently firing it at Scott Brown as he lay prone on the deck at Pittodrie after a shocking challenge from Sam Cosgrove. Whatever way you slice it, Logan has given Celtic fans plenty of reason to dislike him. But the fact is that Logan was indeed an irrelevance to the Celtic support before the incident with Tonev, and was booed from the next match between the sides, before any of these subsequent incidents took place.

I’m not buying that his chest-thumping and ear-cupping after the match at the weekend is reason enough for such grievance. If Brown was doing it, for instance, they would be lapping it up.

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However you view what happened between Tonev and Logan, it is hard not to surmise that the bad blood between the Aberdeen defender and the Celtic support stems from that incident.

Tonev, if you recall, was found guilty of racially abusing Logan by an SFA judicial panel back four years ago. During a match between the sides, Logan told his captain Mark Reynolds that Tonev had called him "a black c***" during an altercation between the players, and Reynolds subsequently reported this to referee Bobby Madden. Tonev denied the allegations, and club captain Brown and manager Ronny Deila both spoke out in support of the Bulgarian.

Despite no other witnesses to the remark, Tonev failed in an appeal against a seven-match ban, with the SFA citing Logan as the more reliable witness. Celtic stood by their player in a statement, as is their right, but also made a point of stating that at no stage did they accuse Logan of making false allegations.

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Now, you may disagree with how the final conclusion was reached given the evidence that was presented, but it is clear that a sizeable amount of the Celtic support have directed their anger over the verdict at the player, rather than the SFA, ever since.

No one knows exactly what was said apart from Logan and Tonev, but it seems nonsensical for someone not present at the hearing to take one side’s version of events over the other based solely upon what jersey they were wearing at the time.

Celtic pride themselves on being a club that is inclusive and open to all, but the treatment of Logan from that day forward by some fans, however much he has exacerbated it with his actions on the field since, flies in the face of that ethos.

All supporters boo players, and Celtic’s captain comes in for more attention than most, but spare me the whataboutery. Logan may be booed today to some degree because of his conduct on the field since, but I don’t understand why possibly being the victim of racist abuse should have made him a target in the first place. It is blind loyalty over principle.

And another thing . . .

The Scotland squad that travels to Peru and Mexico later this month was always likely to be a skeleton effort, but the positive aspect of that is that it allows Alex McLeish to run the rule over several promising youngsters. To that end, I was delighted to see Motherwell's Chris Cadden called up yesterday. He's an exciting prospect and it is just reward for the hard work he puts in to bring the best out of himself. If six more defenders

pull out and big Eck himself pulls his hamstring, Liam Lindsay might even get a call-up. His omission continues to baffle.