Dundee manager James McPake has vowed to back his players should they want to show their support for ex-teammate and Rangers star Glen Kamara.
The former Dee midfielder was subject to alleged racial abuse during the recent Europa League match between Rangers and Slavia Prague. Having worked with Kamara up until the Finland international’s move to Rangers in 2019, McPake knew something serious had occurred.
He said: “I watched the game and knowing Glen as a person, you could tell something severe had happened. I know people say that, but that’s not the way Glen Kamara conducts himself. I’ve seen him in different situations about the football club and it was sad to see.
“Not just because I know Glen, but because that still happens in football; it needs eradicated. There are people out there who will hopefully do that job and are more qualified to speak than me. But for Glen Kamara – and anyone else who is suffering in that way – then it’s wrong.
“Obviously our club are behind him but you’ve also had the whole of Scottish football behind him as well. You had Scott Brown going to him before the Celtic v Rangers match, and those things matter and it is important that Scottish football is behind him. It’s disgusting.”
Clubs like Dundee United and Motherwell stood before their respective matches last weekend alongside Celtic and Rangers. Teams have been taking the knee this season in the fight against racism but four Scottish Premiership outfits chose to stand in order to rally for change.
McPake would back his players showing support for Kamara too: “If there’s something we could do as a football club, we would do it. If our players want to show their support to Glen, we will 100% back it.
“As soon as you know what Glen’s like – I was watching the game with my wife and said instantly that something serious had happened because when you know him as a person, it doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t matter if they are a nice person or a mild-mannered person or an angry person, that kind of abuse is disgusting.
“It shouldn’t be happening at all, let alone still happening, and hopefully they can get to the bottom of it. It needs eradicated from the game and society in general.”
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