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SINCLAIR SLAMS RACISTS

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CELTIC star Scott Sinclair has stepped up his war on the mindless racists who blight football.

The Englishman, brought to the Hoops for £4.5million by Brendan Rodgers from Aston Villa in August 2016, has been the target for sickening verbal attacks from so-called fans.

Sinclair was first abused during an Old Firm game last year when a Rangers supporter made an unacceptable gesture at him.

Then an Aberdeen supporter dished out more racist bile when the forward was lining up to take a penalty-kick in his side’s 1-0 Betfred League Cup Final triumph at Hampden on December 2.

The 29-year-old Celtic ace responded by calling out the bigots on Twitter, branding them “uneducated”.

And he has now issued a rallying cry to drive these “embarrassing” morons out of the game forever.

Sinclair, who is ready to face the Dons at Pittodrie on Boxing Day and Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday, said: “I called them uneducated and that’s what they are. They have black players in their team, so it’s very confusing.

HOOPS OOPS…Scott Sinclair misses his penalty-kick in Celtic’s Betfred League Cup win over Aberdeen. Pic: Geo. 

“It needs to stop and be shown as unacceptable to use racial slurs or abuse the ethnicity of players.

“It is embarrassing. It’s not acceptable for anyone to think they can use that language whether they are at a football game or in the street.”

Sinclair added: “It shouldn’t be happening – it’s 2018. But there is more light to it now, with Raheem Sterling experiencing it down south and speaking out.

“In the past, players might have been racially abused and thought: ‘Never mind, I’m not going to say anything because nothing gets done about it.’

“But, hopefully, things start being done so that we can move forward. I’ve had a lot of support from all sides, all sorts of fans. They know it’s wrong.”

Sinclair will almost certainly play at Pittodrie on Wednesday following his scintillating display in the 3-0 destruction of Dundee at Parkhead yesterday.

The winger was unstoppable as he raided on the flank and made the 90 minutes an endurance test for right-back Cammy Kerr.

Rookie teenager Mikey Johnston, after netting two goals, won the Man of the Match accolade, but Sinclair’s performance was practically flawless as he picked up the form that saw him score 25 goals and pick up several Player of the Year awards in his debut campaign at Parkhead.

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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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