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Rangers fans call for Celtic supporters to be banned from Ibrox

By Andy Newport

Rangers say their fans were subjected to "a sickening and shameful display of outright sectarian hatred" by Celtic supporters who hung effigies from the stands of Parkhead.

Light Blues chiefs were responding after the club's official supporter group called for the entire Hoops faithful to be barred from Ibrox when the teams next meet following the controversial display staged during Saturday's Old Firm clash.

The showdown was Rangers' first league visit to Celtic Park in four years and saw Brendan Rodgers' men romp to an impressive 5-1 triumph.

But the match has been overshadowed by events in the stands.

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Underneath a banner reading, "This is it Bhoys, this is war", two blow-up dolls - one wearing a Rangers scarf, the other an Orange sash - with rope wrapped round their necks and their arms tied behind their back were strung up from the upper tier.

Now Rangers officials have promised to hold talks with fan representatives from Club 1872 to discuss the matter.

Rangers said in a statement: "The club's directors are fully aware of the disgust felt by Rangers supporters who were subjected to a sickening and shameful display of outright sectarian hatred towards them.

"We also share the fans' anger and will be contacting Club 1872 as a matter of urgency."

As well as the effigies, the home fans unveiled a banner which read "Know your place Hun scum" while the Rangers fans were heard chanting the banned Billy Boys song.

Celtic, meanwhile, have also launched an investigation after a toilet in the area housing the away support was trashed.

But the Gers support want their rivals banned from attending the return fixture at Ibrox on December 31.

Supporter group Club 1872 said: "We have today written to the Rangers board requesting that they ban Celtic supporters from Ibrox until Celtic can prove that they have taken substantive action against the Green Brigade and other overtly sectarian elements within their support."

A Celtic spokesman commented: "We will deal with all issues arising in a proper and professional manner."

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