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Scottish police investigate Celtic fans' online comments that IRA should 'sort out' poor performance

Published 05/02/2016

Tough to take: Celtic skipper Scott Brown walks off dejected at the end of the Scottish Premiership defeat to Aberdeen
Tough to take: Celtic skipper Scott Brown walks off dejected at the end of the Scottish Premiership defeat to Aberdeen
Under pressue: Celtic boss Ronny Deila

Police in Scotland have launched an investigation over comments made online that the IRA should be brought in to "sort out" Ronny Delia's struggling Celtic side.

The Glasgow Evening Times reported that the comments were made on the fans' forum website Huddleboard under a post headlined "Time for the IRA to step in" after Celtic lost 2-1 to Aberdeen on Wednesday.

The newspaper said many fans on the website were stunned at the comments, while others backed the message.

"Could be worth a try, maybe they play better kneecapped," was one contribution.

Another said: "Send them in."

Police Scotland has said it is aware of the comments and is investigating.

Ronny Delia has come under increasing pressure following a string of poor results and performances.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has even been mentioned as a possible replacement should Delia - as widely expected - depart Parkhead in the summer.

Celtic fans have often courted controversy.

In 2013, Celtic were fined after a banner of IRA hunger-striker Bobby Sands was displayed by fans during a Champions League game against AC Milan.

The club was fined 15,000 euros (£12,500) in 2011 after supporters chanted pro-IRA slogans during a Europa League match against Rennes in France.

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