MOTHERWELL No.2 James McFadden has hit out at the Aberdeen fans for their treatment of Mark McGhee at Pittodrie in midweek.
The Well boss was one of the star performers in Alex Ferguson’s team during their golden era in the eighties.
But that didn’t prevent supporters firing abuse at McGhee, who was sent to the stand, as he watched his side demoralised 7-2 by a rampant Derek McInnes outfit.
McFadden has accused the Dons support of lacking respect for their heroes – even if McGhee did have an unsteady time as manager at the club during 18 months in charge between June 2009 and December 2010.
The Fir Park assistant gaffer said: “He should absolutely demand more respect from the fans up there.
“What people have seen is the aftermath of a decision, one which we couldn’t understand.
“As a result, the manager was quite rightly upset.
“Their fans had been on his case the whole game and when you consider how much he did for them as a player, it’s a disgrace that he’s treated the way he is by them.
“To hear the abuse from them during the game was bad enough, but what ensued after his sending-off was ridiculous.
“I’d known his relationship with the supporters wasn’t as good as it had been after his time as manager up there.
“But at Motherwell, we have players from the 1991 Scottish Cup-winning team who are treated as heroes when they come back here.
“That’s the way it should be because they’ve done a great service to this club – our fans still worship the ground they walk on.
“You always hear about the glory days of Aberdeen, but it seems to me their fans have forgotten exactly what he did for them.
“I’d have loved to have been part of a team that had won titles and Cups and a European trophy. So, I can’t believe the way the Aberdeen support has treated him.
“And I think the sheer extent of it left the manager in a state of disbelief, as well.
“If you didn’t know he’d played for them you’d assume he played for their biggest rivals – that’s how far I would go.
“It was as if he had played for a rival team and he was vilified by rival fans,
“You wouldn’t have known he is one of the top scorers in their history and played for their best team ever.”
McGhee is facing a five-match touchline ban if he is unable to successfully contest his dismissal.
McFadden added: “Mark is thick-skinned. He’s been around for a long time and knows the game and he’s vastly experienced.
“He doesn’t want people to worship him, but there should be a certain level of respect for a guy of his standing and for what he achieved at that club
“There should be far more respect, especially from the fans.”