STEVE CLARKE called out the Ibrox bigots last night accusing them of living in the dark ages.
His side lost a Scottish Cup replay that they were never going to win, due to the same mindset. We’ll look at that separately.
The Ibrox bigots targeted Clarke because they know him to be a Roman Catholic. He was actually offered the Rangers job last year – an opportunity he declined – and he last night admitted that he sought assurances from the Rangers board that their sectarian problem would not be a factor if he accepted the job.
Clarke was unconvinced and declined their offer – last night he admitted that this was the correct decision. The Killie boss is this morning being subjected to further sectarian abuse on their forums – the basis being that he did not stick up sufficiently for Kris Boyd on Sunday when he was subjected to what is commonly regarded as sectarian abuse from The Celtic support. The argument that being an Orangeman is accurate therefore not an insult is disingenuous – we all know that it is meant to be abusive and it is always going to be regarded as sectarian.
No more Cheer Up Stevie G, Craig Levein etc – a particularly nasty and sectarian chant that was brought into Scottish football by the Ibrox bigots to abuse Tommy Burns.
It is time to end these sectarian chants among our support. Please. Forever.
Isolate them – let them stew in their own bile, bigotry and sense of entitlement. Let them choke on the bitter taste of defeat as we strive forward towards and beyond the Ten.
We said the other day that with Neil Lennon out of the way in Scottish football, Clarke is next in line to become the next target for these morons. James Forrest on The Celtic Blog has taken this point further and his latest is well worth a read.
Steve Clarke ???????? pic.twitter.com/CNUiuaIBVl
— Mary Mc Intyre (@Mc1988) February 20, 2019
This is why, in Scotland 2019, we need @Call_It_Out_. There's no place for the old excuses anymore. Anti-Irish racism is a very specific, deeply entrenched problem here and it's time people from all walks of life stood against it. Enough is enough. pic.twitter.com/tRT4UQhdmg
— Captain Haggerty (@AngelaHaggerty) February 20, 2019
I love Scottish football but Steve Clarke is spot on to call out sectarian abuse. It is still a huge issue and we shouldn’t bury our heads in the sand. The people dishing out the abuse should be called out for what they are and dealt with… it is disgusting… https://t.co/LRrgbKNmug
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) February 20, 2019
Steve Clarke tells it as it is. Incompetent refereeing and endemic racist abuse at Ibrox. https://t.co/ORbjWuGsbx
— David Low (@Heavidor) February 20, 2019
Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke on suffering sectarian abuse at Ibrox this evening. pic.twitter.com/CeFhGTivAM
— Chris McLaughlin (@BBCchrismclaug) February 20, 2019