McDonald named in Clarets squad

Reports have suggested McDonald – who was fined for leaving Turf

Moor without permission at half-time during last weekend’s 6-1

defeat to Manchester City – headed to a nearby pub after departing

the stadium. The 21-year-old issued an apology on Tuesday for his

“naive” and “disrespectful” behaviour, while his manager today

admitted McDonald “was an idiot for doing it”. But Laws insists he

has now drawn a line under the matter and will consider the

Scotland Under-21 international for this weekend’s crucial

relegation six-pointer at the KC Stadium. “He’s made an error, he

has held his hand up, he has taken the punishment and he’s

apologised,” Laws said. “What more can you ask? It was a judgement

call he made and it was the wrong one. “We’ll draw a line under it

and move on. He’ll certainly be within the squad, so there’s no

further punishment.” He added: “He feels a bit of an idiot and he

was an idiot for doing it, but we have to draw a line under it and

not further punish him. “He’s a nice kid, he’s just had a bad day

at the office and he took the wrong decision.” There have been

rumours of unrest in the Burnley camp, with Laws reported to have

had disagreements with Clarke Carlisle and Robbie Blake – who is

also thought to have reacted badly to being substituted at

half-time against City – but the manager denied there had been any

bust-ups. “I can’t influence what’s going on on the outside,” Laws

said. “If people are putting rumours around like that, there is

nothing I can do about it, other than to say that there has been no

bust-up whatsoever. “Obviously we have had a problem with McDonald,

but there was nothing to do with Robbie at all. “Robbie and I get

on really well, there is no question about that, so end of story.”