It’s that time of the year, poppy time and Derry and Ireland’s James McClean always comes under the spotlight this time of the year for his stance on the poppy.
Speaking on TalkSport this week former Liverpool and Rangers manager Graeme Souness was commenting on the Derry native stance and told him to ‘get on with it’ and never mind the abuse. James McClean must have been listening because he texted into the show and replied
‘Can you tell Mr Souness with regards to his ‘get on with it’ advice – I got on with it for a very long time until it became not just me but my family.
‘It is one thing taking abuse, but when your family gets involved, it means a totally different thing. I would suggest if he’s not in a position to talk about it as I am, then he doesn’t appreciate the level of abuse I have to endure.’
“I accept that. Once it impacts on your family, it must be very difficult. But this is something he has to deal with.
“This was his choice. Maybe he should go back to when he first made this stance, maybe someone said, ‘This will not just be about you, going forward’. And that is the case.”