Shay Logan claims he “expects” racial abuse from some Celtic fans.
The Aberdeen right-back has alleged he was the subject of racist abuse from supporters after he was red carded in the Dons’ 1-0 win at Parkhead on the final day of last season.
Logan was dismissed by ref Craig Thomson after the full-time whistle.
During his celebrations at the end of the game the 30-year-old clashed with Mikael Lustig and Dedryck Boyata before being shown the red card.
On his way down the tunnel Logan continued to celebrate with abuse raining down on him from the packed stands and he has claimed some of it was racial.
The Englishman has been a target for abuse from some Celtic supporters after he was racially abused by then Hoops player Aleksandar Tonev in a game in September 2014 at Parkhead.
The Bulgarian was given a seven-game ban and since the incident Logan has been a target for some fans of the Bhoys during matches between Aberdeen and Celtic.
Speaking for the first time since the game on May 13 Logan claims he now “expects” it from some Celtic fans.
When asked about the abuse he received from Hoops supporters and if it was racial, Logan said: “Listen there was, but at the end of the day I expect it now.
“It’s so forgotten about that it is just the way it is.
“There’s no crying or moaning about it, at the end of the day I’ve got three kids who love me.
“I deal with it, let them say whatever they want, we move on, there’s other games in the future.”
After being abused by Tonev, Logan said he had forgiven him and did not bear any grudges towards the winger.
He takes a similar approach towards the supporters who allegedly taunted him.
Logan added: “I get abuse from them (Celtic fans), but the thing I don’t know if anyone understands, is that I love that stuff.
“If you want to have a go at me for whatever reason, bring it on – I never did anything wrong.
“Do I lose sleep over it? Absolutely not, I laugh at it so let them bring it on 60,000, 70,000 let them bring it on, I’ll be the one laughing.”
Celtic failed to respond to the Evening Express when asked for a comment on the matter.
The SPFL, who deal with crowd issues, declined to comment.
Nicola Hay, campaign manager for charity Show Racism the Red Card Scotland, said: “No player in Scottish football should be subjected to racist abuse from fans.
“We want Scottish football to be free from racial discrimination.”
As a result of his red card at Parkhead Logan will miss the first three Premiership matches of the new season.
That means the former Brentford player, who has been at Pittodrie since January 2014, will miss clashes with Rangers at Pittodrie, Dundee at Dens Park and Hibs at Easter Road.
While he felt he didn’t deserve to be sent off, Logan has accepted the decision and has backed whoever fills in for him at right-back to perform well and help the Dons make a strong start to the league campaign.
He said: “For me I was absolutely calm, cool and collected.
“I just pushed somebody away and at the end of the day they took offence to it, let them be.
“It was a bad decision from the referee, in my opinion, but at the end of the day the decision has been made and we move on.
“The lads at the start of the season will put in a good account for themselves and whoever fills in at right-back I’m sure they’ll do a more than good enough job to get a good start.”
Logan made his second appearance of pre-season in Aberdeen’s 1-0 friendly win over Falkirk on Wednesday night.
The Dons edged out the Bairns at Arbroath’s Gayfield Park to make it two wins out of two in pre-season after beating Cobh Ramblers 1-0 in Cork on Saturday at the end of their training camp in the Republic of Ireland.
Logan was pleased to get more minutes on the pitch as the Reds gear up for their Europa League second qualifying round tie with Burnley.
The first leg is in the Granite City on July 26 with the return seven days later at Turf Moor.
Logan said: “It was good to get 90 minutes under the belt and I felt fit as well to be honest.
“I felt I could run all day and it’s always nice to get a win as well.
“It’s still a few weeks until the games. We’ve only really been in two weeks, we’ve been to Ireland and back in on Monday.
“There’s still a lot of gelling to do and fitness levels aren’t where some people will want them.
“And match sharpness that everyone craves will be coming, it’s just not there yet, but come Burnley we’ll be right.”