Last week, the Scottish tabloids had a field day with Leigh Griffiths when he appeared to be caught in an investigation by police into sports gambling.
The sensationalist nature of the coverage did nothing to obscure the central fact, which is that police visited him in relation to something out of the ordinary. Today, Sky has produced some further details.
Our principal concern, I’m sure, was that this didn’t involve our club in any way.
It appears not to.
It certainly does not relate to his time at Celtic; questioned along with him was another ex-Celtic, Paul McGowan. They played together recently at Dundee, and that is where the allegations appear to be centred.
Sky further reveals that it involves one game.
So not as serious as it might have been, but serious enough that the authorities threw some weight behind it. Serious enough that I would hope that there’s no fire here, just rumours of smoke.
Of course, if it turns out to be more than that both of them can look forward to long bans from playing and that, as we all know, probably ends Griffiths hopes of a career comeback.
It’s a sad chapter for the player, one of a number of them, and not the headlines those of us who do want to see him play football regularly again were hoping for. It does seem to follow him around though, all this trouble, in a way other players don’t get.
Still, it doesn’t involve our club and that’s really the main thing we learned from this morning’s update on the matter. He wasn’t our employee, he wasn’t in our charge.
That really ends any interest I have in matter beyond the mild curiosity to see if anything transpires, just as I would with any footballer linked to such matters.
As a Celtic issue, we can put this one to bed.