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McCoist hits out at ‘unsavoury’ incident in Rangers end

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist has hit out at the Ibrox side’s supporters after there were ‘unsavoury’ scenes in the Rangers end at Almondvale on Saturday afternoon.

During Rangers’ 1-0 win over Livingston, trouble kicked off when Police tried to arrest a Rangers supporter in the stand. As Police were escorting him from his seat, Rangers fans in the vicinity raced down the stairs to confront officers and tore the fan in question from Police custody.

McCoist said: “I did see it and it looked pretty unsavoury but until I get a report on it I would be loath to comment on it. However, it goes without saying we could do without incidents like that.”

With the incident starting to turn uglier, the Police withdrew and were met with a barrage of obscenities and chants of scum from Rangers fans. This same element of supporters belted out the bigoted Billy Boys song with ‘up to our knees in fenian blood’ add on.

Five Rangers fans were arrested after scuffles with police, and there were also reports of clashes outside the stadium following the match. Livingston’s security chief Allan Scott confirmed that no officers or stewards were injured, but added that reports will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

The Ibrox side could face sanctions from the SPFL over the trouble and sectarian singing, if it is noted in the referee or match delegate’s report.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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