DAILY MAIL MAN AND IRISH GOLFER'S SCOTTISH SECTARIAN SLUR MY phone was pretty busy yesterday as chums in the press pack called to chortle about Odious Creep’s discomfort. One pal even suggested I should bring in an annual Odious Creep Award for the most poorly researched piece of sports journalism of the year. Not only did I tell him that I thought it was a splendid idea, but added there was already a top contender for the award with this year of our Lord 2012 not yet a fortnight old. Step forward the Scottish Daily Mail’s chief sports writer, John Greechan who seems keen to swallow any old guff…but only if conforms to what many may think is his anti Rangers agenda. In his Monday morning column he was keen have a sideswipe at Scotland, as others see us, by revealing that the Irish golfer, Paul McGinley had suffered sectarian abuse while playing in Scotland. Greechan repeated, as though it were a fact carved in stone and brought down from the mount by Moses, into whose hands it had been delivered by God, that McGinley had signed autographs for kids in Scotland only for them to tear it up in front of him before calling him a “Fenian so-and so.” So what was the source of this alarming tale which Greechan seemed happy to believe and repeat in Scotland’s third biggest selling daily newspaper? Well, it appears McGinley made the claim during at interview on an Irish radio station, called, Radio Highland. The show’s host was someone called, Shaun Doherty and McGinlay, according to a report in the Sun, actually said the alleged culprits were Rangers supporters, adding that Rangers fans are not fond of him. But how did he know they were Rangers supporters? And where and when did this ALLEGED incident happen. I highlight the FACT that it is an ALLEGATION, without any proof, just as the Sun made clear in its report. Allegation and claim were the words which recurred. Though, to read Greechan’s view in the Scottish Daily Mail, you would think a police investigation had taken place, the offenders charged, placed before a court and dealt with by the full Majesty of Scottish Law. None of the above has happened. Perhaps Strathclyde assistant chief constable, Campbell Corrigan will ask McGinley to assist police enquiries the next time the Irishman is in Scotland. Being ever mindful of the charge of wasting police time. So what do we know. Well, the Sun report claimed that Paul McGinley, a 45-year-old Irish professional golfer, is a Celtic supporter who often wears his team’s colours on the golf course, is a friend of Celtic owner, fellow Irishman and golf nut, Dermot Desmond and is also believed to be a Celtic season ticket holder. What we do NOT know is on which golf course and during which tournament McGinley was meant to have been subjected to this abuse. We do NOT know if he summoned any of the many official stewards and marshalls who are never far from the pros during a golf tournament. We do NOT know if the matter was reported to the police. We do NOT know what, if any investigations, were undertaken by the police. We do NOT know how these mystery culprits were immediately identified by McGinley as Rangers fans. We do NOT know an awful lot about Irishman, Paul McGinley’s claims. One thing I DO know is, after having covered a number of major professional golf tournaments in Scotland over the last decade – the Open and Scottish Open in particular – I have never seen Old Firm tops or football colours worn by the many polite, well behaved young people who give rapt attention to the deeds, mood swings – Monty – and swings of their off-the-tee heroes. Nor is it usual to see those golf pros wearing team colours, in the way it is claimed Paul McGinley parades his support for Celtic on the tees, fairways, bunkers and greens. Certainly McGinley’s more famous and more talented fellow Irishmen, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowall and even the still young and marvellously exciting Rory McIlroy, don’t do it. If they support any team then they keep it to themselves. None of which was addressed in the Scottish Daily Mail by John Greechan, who often has a sly wee dig against Rangers supporters, claiming they bring shame to Scotland. Greechan is often keen on defending Scotland’s reputation. Yet when this wee nation’s honour was attacked, without any proof positive, by a foreigner, he failed to pick up the claymore in defence of Auld Scotia’s reputation Funny that!