Kris Boyd was at it again last night, losing his tiny mind at Kyogo’s goal for Celtic against Hearts while he was there as an analyst for Sky Sports. His antics have made him a laughing stock for the past 14 hours or so since his bizarre outburst, which had fellow pundits Stan Petrov and Christophe Berra staring at him with utter contempt, as Monster Munch enthusiast ‘Boydy’ lost the plot.
The thing is, when you are a pundit for Sky Sports covering the Scottish game, you are expected to be somewhat impartial. Listen, we know you cannot be completely impartial when you either support or have played for a certain club like Boyd, we don’t expect him to be lavishing Celtic with praise or anything like that. But at the same time, you can’t have someone completely biased against the club either. If you want someone on to cover Celtic games who is going to constantly have digs at the club, make snide remarks and moan and whine at decisions in our favour, then you may as well pick any old guy from the Louden and ask him to come into the studio and give his analysis. There needs to be a higher level of professionalism from Sky pundits covering our game.
Can you imagine Roy Keane acting up like that if Liverpool scored a slightly controversial goal against West Ham? Could you imagine Souness ranting and raving, throwing his hands in the air with the rest of the pundits sitting there thinking he’s crazy? No, of course not, because Sky get the best of the best to cover the English game, they are top class professionals at what they do. Whereas in Scotland we have to put up with a pound shop Chris Sutton.
Celtic now need to start thinking about their reputation. Is it good for Celtic to have a guy live on Sky Sports with millions of viewers watching your game from all over the country, constantly taking shots at the club and our players, as we put him up in a cosy studio inside our own ground? Or is it worse to ban him and deal with the backlash from that and the laughs and the jokes that Sevco have faced for banning Chris Sutton from Ibrox?
This is what the club need to weigh up. But one thing is certain, the club need to have a serious think about the matter, because it is starting to get out of hand.