Celtic must hunt down ‘hanging effigies’ fans & ban them for life Sickening stunt leaves a sour taste after derby win


Photos circulated via social media in the aftermath of Celtic’s superb 5-1 victory over city rivals Rangers has sickened Scottish football as a whole.

As the teams walked out onto the park before kick off, effigies were thrown from the top tier of the Jock Stein Stand and were left hanging by their necks with their hands tied behind their backs. A sickening sight to say the least, made worse by the fact one effigy had a Rangers scarf on and the other an orange sash.

However, what is even more alarming is the fact that just days before the Glasgow derby, former Rangers striker Kris Boyd revealed that his younger brother Scott was found dead at home by their mother in Ayrshire on Wednesday.

So the timing of this ‘stunt’ – no matter your allegiances – is sickening and you have to question what went through the heads of those who were behind it. How anyone thinks that such a stunt is a good idea in the first place is beyond me and quite rightly those responsible have been widely condemned by Scottish football fans as a whole – as well as Celtic and Rangers fans.

The fact that the Scottish media has not picked up on it yet in their coverage is just temporary and I fully expect them to run with stories about this over the next day or so – who can blame them really? It is a sickening stunt that took place in a stand named after the club’s greatest manager and even he would have been disgusted by such scenes.

Celtic have fired out plenty of statements condemning fan misconduct over the years, but it is time they dispensed with the talk and hunted down the perpetrators of this sick and disgusting act and ban them for life. And I don’t mean one or two years I mean for the remainder of their lives, such ‘individuals’ are not wanted at Celtic Park nor any other football ground in this country.

And I wouldn’t be surprised if the Police get involved in this also.

Celtic claims to be a family friendly club, after that incident – can they really claim such a thing? I wouldn’t like my four-year-old son to see that and then have to explain what it was and why it was done.

Despite the rivalry and the hatred between the two sets of supporters, some folk fail to realise that life exists outside of what is simply a football game.



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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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