Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Catholic teenager playing for Rangers is threatened

Police in Glasgow have launched an investigation after internet threats were made against a Limavady teenager who plays for Rangers.

Sectarian and threatening remarks were left on the "unofficial" Rangers Media website in the days after Catholic teenager Aaron McGregor signed for the Glasgow club earlier this year.

A former Gaelic footballer with Limavady Wolfhounds, the 17-year-old made headlines when he signed a two-year professional deal with the Ibrox club in June.

In a chilling reminder of the sectarian campaign aimed at Celtic boss Neil Lennon, one poster on the fans' forum coldly said of the Catholic teen: "Can't wait for him to receive bombs and bullets."

A second poster made his feelings clear when he wrote: "Rangers FC should, under no circumstances, be hiring Fenians."

Another poster calling himself 'Lisburn Rangers' and using a UDA avatar bearing the words 'Lisburn UDA' branded the "head of the Catholic Church", Pope Benedict, the anti-Christ.

Rangers Football Club last night moved to distance itself from the offending website, branding it "unofficial".

The club made no further comment.

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