28 Oct Roughie View: Ciftci and Izaguirre feud
Training bust-ups like Celtic’s on Tuesday aren’t unusual. In fact, it can happen two or three times a season.
But as long as there isn’t any ill feeling and it doesn’t drag on then it’s fine.
Let’s not kid ourselves, there might be 22 guys at the football club but you don’t necessarily have to like every single one of them.
There is a lot of ill feeling that goes on.
Some guys don’t like other guys for whatever reason and then sometimes that can spill over in the training session and it all kicks off.
Ok, it was a rash tackle and he’s kicked out but we all remember the John Hartson incident with Eyal Berkovic at West Ham – that was a sore one.
But you have to remember the pressure on these guys in the first team is awesome.
Izaguirre has the young boy Tierney chomping at the bit to steal his place, so he’s in the situation where he’s got to impress in any wee bounce games.
Meanwhile, Ciftci is trying to get into the first team so the last thing he needs is Izaguirre sliding in and putting him out for two or three weeks so, it’s easy to see why sometimes people snap.
I’ve certainly been at a few clubs where it’s happened.
It’s a hard one to get your head around you hope it’s just a spur of the moment thing – most of them are. Normally, it’s just a reaction.
But, as long as you can turn it into a humorous incident and you don’t have it festering, it won’t have any long-term effects on the dressing room. However, it all depends on the two individuals.
There have been a few scraps that I’ve seen. Former Hibs midfielder Dougie Bell lamped a boy after he inadvertently got caught in some ‘mud-slinging’ on the bus back from training, while Packie Bonner and Tommy Burns might have been best friends but that didn’t stop them frequently having each other by the throat at Celtic.
But at the end of the day, most of the time there’s been a fight there’s been a bit of humour after it. Nine times out of ten they both make up and it gets forgotten about.
I’ve never came close to blows but I’ve had a few shouting matches in my career.
You get a lot of players who claim it’s never their fault and won’t admit to their mistake and that is quite galling.
But I’ve never had anyone hit me … they’d have to catch me first!