Football physio accused of being drunk on the job

The
former physiotherapist at Celtic Football Club was today accused of being drunk
on the job.

An
employment tribunal was also told that Brian Scott, who claimed he was unfairly
sacked in August 2003, was more interested in his own profile than the well-being
of the players.

Scott’s
behaviour was described as "very amateur" by Roddy MacDonald, who joined the club as full-time
doctor in June 1999.

MacDonald
claimed that, during pre-season training in Sweden,
Scott "got drunk at night and would still be under the influence in the
morning".

He
said the squad then went to North America
for pre-season training where the situation was worse than it had been in Sweden.
MacDonald said that Scott would come in drunk in the morning, and turn up late
for training.

The
doctor also told the tribunal that he wanted to increase the number of medical
staff at the club and, with the approval of the board, hired Tim Williamson,
and promoted him at the end of the 2002/2003 season to work with the first team
alongside Scott.

But
he said Scott had wanted the ex-Leeds United physio to be his "subordinate", and that
Scott had wanted to cover all the games himself.

MacDonald
said: "I thought he was behaving pathetically, and was more interested in
his own profile than the treatment of the players, and told him so."

The
tribunal continues.

By Daniel Thomas 

 

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