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Celtic, Rangers row over effigies and wrecking spree at Old Firm clash

By Staff Reporter

Published 12/09/2016

The dolls hung by Celtic fans from the stands prompted criticism on social media by supporters of both clubs
The dolls hung by Celtic fans from the stands prompted criticism on social media by supporters of both clubs
Family grief: Kris Boyd

Fresh shame descended on the 'Old Firm' football match in Glasgow at the weekend as Celtic fans displayed effigies of hanged Rangers fans and fans of the Ibrox side smashed up toilets at Parkhead.

A minority of fans were criticised for the sectarian hate during the Saturday game, which Celtic, managed by Carnlough's Brendan Rodgers, won 5-1.

In the first Old Firm league clash in four years, Celtic supporters were panned for hoisting blow-up dolls, wearing Rangers scarves, hanging by string, as if "executed". One also reportedly wore an Orange Order sash.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans caused thousands of pounds in damage by smashing up toilets and even ripped off roof panels.

The jibe at Rangers fans came on World Suicide Prevention Day and only days after ex-Rangers player Kris Boyd spoke about his brother Scott taking his own life.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "We haven't received any complaints at this time but we will continue to monitor social media and action may be taken if there is evidence of criminality."

The incidents were criticised by fans of both clubs.

An eyewitness said: "The effigies had their hands tied behind their backs with black tape and both had ropes round their necks. There was also a banner including the term 'Know you place hun scum'. These disgusting images were in full view of the Celtic directors' box and both police and stewards".

One Rangers fan said: "After Kris Boyd losing his brother to suicide I think it is terrible a section of so-called Celtic fans did what they did. I lost my son to suicide, and any human being who comes up with a display like this must be sick in the head."

The effigies were criticised by many Celtic fans at the match.

The Celtic Underground Twitter handle said: "I'm sadly never surprised to see that we have scumbags in the Celtic end the same as any other club. The hanging dolls unacceptable.

"Regardless of motivation. Whether or not directed at anyone or anything in particular the lack of sensitivity is a disgrace."

One man, aged 22, was arrested within the stadium and will be the subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with an alleged alcohol related offence, police said.

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