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BAIN INSISTS HOOPS FANS DESERVE THANKS

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CELTIC’S Cup Final keeper Scott Bain insists his team-mates did nothing wrong with their post-match celebrations following the 1-0 win over Rangers at Parkhead in September.

A report from Police Scotland claimed the Hoops players had provoked an angry response from a number of 800 away fans which led to some unruly scenes, as SCOTZINE reported yesterday.

The document stated Brendan Rodgers’ team “inflamed an already delicate situation” when they did their lap of honour.

The champions’ boss responded by insisting it is unfair to blame his players for the actions of rival supporters.

Bain, who will face Aberdeen in the Betfred League Cup Final at Hampden on Sunday, said he and his colleagues merely carried out their usual post-match routine.

HAMPDEN HERE I COME…Scott Bain will face Aberdeen. Pic: Geo.

He said: “We do it after every game, walk round the pitch and thank the fans for their support, for coming out, paying their money and pushing us through games.

“I don’t think we were over-celebrating, I don’t think we were doing anything wrong. We were just thanking our fans.

“We can’t walk to here and then walk back round to avoid other fans, we were just walking in a circle.

“If you want to thank your own fans, you should be able to.”

A goal after the hour mark by Olivier Ntcham gave Rodgers a win over his former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard who was making his Old Firm debut.

The teams meet again at Ibrox on Saturday, December 29 to bring the curtain down on the football action for 2018.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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