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Rangers fan jailed for abusing Neil Lennon flouts his stadium ban

By Staff Reporters

A Rangers fan who posted a bullet-riddled photo of former Celtic manager Neil Lennon on Facebook with the caption 'Dead man walking' has flouted a football ban.

David Craig, who is originally from Paisley in Scotland, was jailed for 14 months in 2012 and banned from all UK football grounds for three years.

But Craig was back in court this week after he turned up at Ibrox last October for a Rangers game against Raith Rovers.

He admitted breaching the ban at Glasgow Sheriff's Courts, but was spared another jail sentence.

But he was banned from football matches for another year and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Prosecutors accepted his not guilty plea to stealing meat pies at Ibrox at the same match.

Craig had been photographed outside Ibrox posing with a soldier in what appeared to be a steward's high-visibility jacket.

The sectarian internet troll posted the abuse about former Northern Ireland international Lennon, who hails from Lurgan, on his Facebook page following a Celtic v Rangers Old Firm game in March 2011.

Underneath the image a second caption read: "Neil Lennon dead man!!!!!! UVF1." Another picture on Craig's Facebook page showed Lennon wearing a Celtic top with bullet wounds on his torso and one on the centre of his head.

A judge said Craig's actions were "vile and hateful".

After his release, Craig, from Barrhead, Renfrewshire, later moved to Northern Ireland after receiving death threats himself.

He even attended a loyalist flag protest outside Belfast City Hall.

Craig was draped in the Union flag as he joined around 150 others to protest at Belfast City Council's decision to fly the flag on designated days only in February 2012.

But he returned to Scotland after reportedly falling foul of the UDA after attending a show of strength last year and posting photos of men in balaclavas on Facebook.

Loyalists claimed it was a band competition.

Facebook fan Craig also has a habit of trying to hijack tragedies.

He set up a memorial page to the victims of the Clutha helicopter disaster in 2013, and had plans for another for those who died in the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy - until he was warned not to proceed with it because of his criminal record.

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