Frank McAvennie and Mark Wilson have both rallied against Neil McCann over his Odsonne Edouard criticism.
On Radio Scotland and again on Sportscene the former Hearts winger claimed that Edouard had been selfish and disrespectful by scoring with a Panenka style penalty against his former team-mate in the Scottish Cup Final.
Edouard’s execution of the penalty was a thing of beauty as he chipped the ball into the net a foot under the crossbar as Gordon looked up in frustration as the ball found the net.
Across the world anyone scoring from a Panenka style penalty comes in for praise knowing that failure to score can leave you looking incredibly foolish with the rest of the match still to play.
The issue was discussed early on during The Huddle podcast hosted by Wilson with former Celt Simon Donnelly admitting that he had scored a similar penalty- for St Johnstone away to Queen of the South!
F McA: It’s what the fans want to see, its showboating but it came off. If it doesn’t come off you look like a fool. I think it was magnificent. Listen, Neil McCann says ‘If that had been somebody in the blue that was brilliant’…
M W: Exactly
Early in the second half Gordon saved a close range effort from Edouard, no one claimed it was disrespectful, it is sport where players are on the park to win, not sympathise with former clubs or team-mates.