By Coral Barry
Rangers’ Dean Shiels was involved in a heated confrontation with a Hibernian fan after a mass pitch invasion in the Scottish Cup final.
A last minute winner from Hibernian captain David Gray snatched the result from Rangers’ hands and thousands of celebrating fans stormed the pitch after the full-time whistle.
Sky cameras picked up Hibernian supporters climbing on top of the goalposts and confronting Gers players and reporter Charles Paterson witnessed an angry match-up between midfielder Sheils and a fan by the tunnel.
“There was a confrontation between what looked like a Hibernian supporter and Rangers’ Dean Shiels,” said Paterson on Sky Sports 1.
“Dean Shiels was held back by a number of the Rangers coaching staff. Marc Warbuton looked extremely concerned with the welfare of his players. Alan Stubbs was pretty shell shocked, not just with the result, but what was going on.
“The Hibs players took a long time to clear this area mainly due to the elation that they were in. I don’t think they can quite believed what’s happened here today.
“But we had people coming right up to the tunnel entrance, supporters and there were a lot of supporters right at the dug-out.
“Certainly there was a little gesticulating from some of the Hibernian fans to some of the Rangers fans and it was coming back the way as well.
“The players appear to be all in one piece. We haven’t seen any of the Rangers players since they were ushered up the tunnel.”
Shiels, 31, has been at Rangers since 2012 and has helped them return to the Scottish Premiership and lift the Petrofac Cup this season.
The attacking midfielder was introduced just before Rangers went 2-1 up, but could not stop his side from conceding two goals in the final ten minutes.
Rangers players were not allowed back onto the pitch to collect their runners-up medals for their own safety.
In other Rangers news, Andy Walker witnessed even more distressing scenes from his commentary box.