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Celtic fans wind up Mad Dog Adair at Rangers match

Police keep peace as Adair sits down next to rival faction at Old Firm tie

Johnny Adair
Johnny Adair
Johnny Adair

By David O'Dornan

HERE'S grinning exiled terror chief 'Mad Dog' Johnny Adair enjoying himself cheering on Rangers in the Old Firm clash at Ibrox and being goaded by nearby Celts fans.

The former UDA boss was a target for Celtic boo-boys after being seated near the away supporter section at the Glasgow stadium.

A Hoops fan filmed Adair on a mobile phone and he was goaded to give them a wave but refused to play ball.

Wearing a pair of dark sunglasses, tanned Adair is seen laughing and joking after a pal points out he is being filmed by a Celtic fan.

A source said: "Celtic fans couldn't believe it when he walked down to his seat a stone's throw from them.

"They were shouting abuse at him and then started asking 'Johnny give us a wave' but he just looked at them and laughed."

Two police officers and a steward are seen in the footage separating Adair and his cronies from the rival faction.

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Johnny Adair at his home in Troon. Picture: Mark McCormick.
Johnny Adair at his home in Troon. Picture: Mark McCormick.

Adair fled to Scotland in 2003 after the bloody UDA feud that saw John 'Grugg' Gregg murdered - ironically as he got off the boat back in Belfast after travelling over to watch a Rangers match.

The 56-year-old was handed a 16-year prison sentence for directing UDA terrorism but was released early under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Before the UDA imploded with an internal feud, he was the West Belfast brigadier and C Company leader whose terror unit was responsible for dozens of sectarian murders.

Adair's family fled the Shankill in 2003 after his unit feuded with the rest of the UDA, with things coming to a head with the execution of South East Antrim leader Gregg.

Adair settled in Troon on the west coast of Scotland and is in a long-term relationship with partner Lynne Benson, with whom he has a eight-year-old son, Reilly.

In 2015, three Scottish republican sympathisers were jailed for a total of 38 years for plotting to murder Adair and his exiled UDA associate Sam 'Skelly' McCrory.

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