Celtic have called for action after the Celtic team were subjected to sectarian abuse when they arrived at Ibrox at the weekend. The Scottish Champions arrived at the stadium for the game that was to be played behind closed doors and were subject to obscene abuse outside Ibrox.
A contingent of the Rangers fans had flouted coronavirus measures to gather at the stadium and welcome the team buses. When the Celtic players disembarked and walked towards the main entrance, a number of people approached them and launched into a tirade of anti-Catholic and anti-Irish abuse.
Celtic were of course founded by Irish Catholic immigrants, primarily for the suffering Irish community in Glasgow. Such behaviour has no place in the 21st century and must be eradicated. The club have asked for Police Scotland to investigate the matter following the shameful scenes outside Ibrox.
BREAKING! #CelticFC urge action after Hoops players suffered abuse outside Ibrox
"The sectarian abuse suffered by our players and staff is completely unacceptable.
"We have raised this issue with Police Scotland and they have confirmed they are investigating the matter. pic.twitter.com/mDUU7PSUam
— PLZ Soccer (@PLZSoccer) January 4, 2021
Cleaning up the problem will be no easy task, indeed such attitudes have been prevalent amongst a contingent of supporters at Ibrox for decades.
Over 30 years since these attitudes were on display among some at Ibrox, yesterday’s shameful episode showed up they haven’t gone away. If the sentiments expressed were about Jews or Muslims there would be a huge outcry. pic.twitter.com/YGT7FkCeBa
— Lisbon Lion (@Tirnaog10) January 3, 2021
The authorities need to start taking the issue seriously and stop looking to label everything as sectarian to play into a two sides of the same coin agenda. Last season, Rangers supporters taunted Scott Brown about his dead sister as well as hurling sectarian abuse and the clubs condemned this with the Police and Ibrox club acting to identify the individual.