Glasgow’s Indoor Beer Garden and last night’s West End Sanctuary for theRangers?

Celtic were hammered for their Covid errors in Dubai and some would say rightly so. Maybe that’s water under the bridge now but it has to be said that Scotland remains in the middle of a pandemic and that there are rules in place that need to be observed if we are to suppress this virus and return to a normal situation.

With Boli Bolingoli’s August antics and then the Dubai fiasco, Celtic were put in the COVID-19 dock and were punished to the fullest extent. The left-back was even sent on loan to Turkey as a result of the backlash. The truth is that the breaches in Scottish football have not been treated with an evenhanded manner in this unprecedented season.

Despite Celtic winning 9IAR last May, a record equalling triumph, the Celtic support acted responsibly and decided not to congregate or celebrate. Similarly, when the Quadruple Treble was won in December, there were no occupations of George Square nor did the Celtic support turn out in numbers to celebrate wildly. The club issued a definitive and robust statement telling fans on both occasions to stay at home.

Photo: Andrew Milligan

Meanwhile, yesterday, there were a number of potential breaches. Here is the proof that theRangers broke the current Covid restrictions that prevent alcohol indoors? Where is this indoor beer garden and maybe the Scottish Government and indeed the Glasgow City council licensing board can assist with this one?

And afterwards did some of the Rangers players head to a well known night-club in the West End to seek Sanctuary from the mayhem that their title win had caused elsewhere in the city? If so was alcohol consumed? Again no doubt we’ll hear about this from the Scottish Government and indeed the Glasgow City council licensing board.

It’s the same rules for everyone as we fight this global pandemic? All other pubs, bars, hotels and nightclubs have done their bit and remained closed as instructed by the authorities, and rightly so. It has been tough, very tough for those running and working in this sector. How will they feel seeing this video below and wondering if there was indeed a Covid Sanctuary for theRangers last night…

Neil Lennon and Scott Brown had a poolside beer when they arrived in Dubai in January, apparently without breaking the protools, yet all hell broke loose. It’s going to be interesting seeing how this pans out…

Some comments…

“Nicola Sturgeon how can you except the public to respect the rules and make sacrifices when this goes unpunished? Business owners will be looking at this asking why can we not sell drink inside if acceptable for others.”

“When this was happening there were 4 police vans and 3 cars at a house for having a kids communion party in the garden?”

“How many laws are being broken in this short video? Easy to identify culprits. Not just the token bit part players that RangersFC have put up twice during the season.”

“I remember Nicola Sturgeon say they must look at themselves and the rule’s of the bubble were being bent a bit. I also remember similar being said about the 8 Aberdeen players out for a meal. Jason Leitch? No action no doubt…”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email


  1. Possibly the louden in cessnock???
    Didn’t the powers that be learn anything from any of the many previous offences.
    The police don’t deal with problems with vermin. They should have had Rentokil in!

  2. Caroline Campbell on

    It has always been one rule for Rangers and another for everyone else. I don’t see this ever changing. They will get away unpunished as usual….as for the behaviour of the fans…..DISGUSTING…..but that’s what we have grown to expect from them. I’m not a football supporter.kust a normal member of the public who has obeyed the Covid restrictictions just like the majority of the population. With behaviour like we saw at the weekend…..we will NEVER get back to any kind of normality