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13th Mar, 2018 | 3:57pm

Rangers and Celtic fans must stop hateful behaviour after reports of player abuse


Rangers star Russell Martin and Celtic winger Scott Sinclair were both reported to be the subjects to verbal abuse away from Sunday’s Old Firm clash at Ibrox – and such hateful behaviour needs to stop shaming fans of both clubs.

Martin was subjected to horrific sectarian abuse while shopping, as reported by the Daily Record, while Sinclair was the victim of an altercation at Glasgow Airport, according to the same paper.

The overwhelming majority of Old Firm fans will be appalled at the abuse and wouldn’t even consider stooping to such depths but a tiny number seem hellbent on dragging the name of decent fans – and their clubs – through the mud.

While the Old Firm derby is famed around the world for its passion and tribalism, that doesn’t need to extend to sectarian comments to a player out shopping in Tesco or abusing someone waiting for a flight.

As someone who has been to plenty of Old Firm games over the years – and stood and shouted at Celtic players and fans – this isn’t coming from a place of ignorance of how much Rangers v Celtic means to people but that shouldn’t be an excuse for acting like an idiot towards players away from the game.

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