Hutton shoots down Rangers accusations as minister issues threat
Alan Hutton can’t believe Rangers fans are being blamed for the unacceptable behaviour of supporters around Glasgow on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former defender insisted there is only so much a club can do to manage fans outside the stadium.
As quoted by the Daily Record, justice secretary Humza Yousaf has threatened strict liability against football clubs over fans’ behaviour after unsavoury scenes in Glasgow this weekend.
Fans breached lockdown rules and clashed with police around Glasgow following the 4-0 win over Aberdeen.
Yousaf called for the Ibrox outfit to issue lifetime bans to those involved to send a message to the rest of the fanbase.
However, Hutton has insisted Rangers, or any other club, cannot be held responsible for the actions of supporters.
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“I don’t see how you can, personally,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“I mean, as a club, there’s only so much you can do. Out with what they’ve done, what do they expect a club to do? I mean, that’s the question I would ask. What would you expect them to do?
“They can only appeal to the fans to behave and celebrate in a safe manner. You can’t hold Rangers responsible for what every single person does as a fan outside the stadium.
“Yes, I understand where the ministers and things are coming from. However, you can’t just hold the club for everybody’s actions.
“There’s no way that they could sort that out and do that. They’re a small minority and they’re the ones that need to look at themselves and behave better moving forward.”
Rangers managed to go unbeaten on the way to the Premiership title thanks to their final day win over Aberdeen.
However, police have threatened more arrests against supporters after celebrations turned violent around Glasgow.