Craig Bryson has fired back at BBC pundit Steven Thompson after he claimed that Aberdeen ‘lay down’ against Celtic at the weekend.
Speaking on BBC Sportscene, the former St Mirren and Rangers striker said: “They were awful in that first-half. They were pathetic.
“You can understand why the supporters are really frustrated and angry with that performance because they just lay down to Celtic.”
Aberdeen midfielder Bryson feels that this criticism is way over the mark. He says that no footballer aims to lose a game before they head out onto the pitch.
Bryson told the Daily Record: “What footballer is ever going to lie down? Nobody is ever going to go into a game wanting to get beaten. What does it even mean?
“Lying down, what is that? Is that wanting to get beaten? We worked all week on a game-plan and a way we felt would help us get something from the game.
“So I don’t see how someone can say we went into the game and lay down.”
Bryson helped out during the Celtic defeat
In fairness to Bryson, during Aberdeen’s capitulation at the weekend, he helped his Dons side out in a big way. When he entered play at 4-0 down, there wasn’t a lot he could do to try and salvage the game.
What he could do though is calm Aberdeen down and make sure it wasn’t a cricket score, which the 32-year-old managed well. His experience in the middle helped others around him and he was leading by example.
It didn’t mean much to the eventual outcome but Bryson certainly did his job well. Out of all the Aberdeen players who featured on Sunday, he’s the only one who can make a claim for pass marks.
His Dons career has been hit and miss due to injury so far but he’ll be hoping to start and help the Red Army bounce back from adversity against Hamilton this evening.