Football players don’t tend to give too much away in interviews.
So their monosyllabic responses before and after games might leave you thinking a player’s life is pretty dull when the match is over.
Don’t believe a bit of it.
Former Dundee United man Johnny Russell is the latest figure from Scottish football to sit down with Si Ferry and lift the lid on what goes on away from the cameras.
His account of rising through the ranks at Tannadice, and being loaned out to Forfar and Raith Rovers, before bursting into the United first team will provide a fascinating insight for any fan of the Tangerines.
Russell, who spent 10 years at United before moving to Derby County in 2013, reveals the time he was ordered to run along the Kingsway in his football boots to collect a bag of balls, Levein’s less than sympathetic reaction when he suffered a horrific foot injury in a training ground accident with Morgaro Gomis, and how Russell once woke up beside a naked Danny Swanson.
He also discusses “mad” training sessions with Dick Campbell’s Forfar, and how Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson plotted revenge most foul when, as a United player, he discovered Barry Douglas was cutting holes in his football socks.
The Si Ferry Meets videos have become a huge hit among Scottish football fans as former Dundee man Ferry manages to get a series of guests to lower their guard and share the real stories in Scottish football.