NIALL McGINN was backed by Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes after he was pictured in the Celtic end at Kilmarnock on Monday.
The Irish striker, who has never hidden his support for his former team, sparked criticism from sections of the Dons fans when his agent posted a picture of him and Anthony Stokes on Twitter at Rugby Park.
McInnes admitted his player was showing “naivety”, but insisted he had no problem with the situation.
He said: “We have to realise that us and a few others are being looked at as challengers.
“Because we find ourselves at the top of the league there is a focus on us. I think the McGinn story is an example.
“Niall goes on his day off to a game with his pal. All of a sudden it can be perceived as something more than it actually is.
“The only thing he has been guilty of is a bit of naivety.
“I have absolutely no problem with it. I just think it is a warning that they have to be more careful in everything they do. Everything is being watched.
“I think only a very, very small percentage of our support would criticise him.
“Nobody who has watched Niall would ever question his commitment.”