Hutton slams Sturgeon and insists Rangers pre-warned Government and police over 'wild celebrations'
Alan Hutton has revealed his frustrations after Rangers were castigated over the behaviour of fans following their title win.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted more could have been done across all parties to prevent mass gatherings in Glasgow.
Rangers issued a statement on Monday insisting they had held talks with the relevant parties over public safety following high-profile criticism.
I share folks’ anger at this. Everyone has made so many sacrifices in the past year & seeing a minority risk our progress is infuriating & disgraceful. It is deeply unfair to the entire country, and the police have a hard enough job already. Please ask fans to go home @RangersFC https://t.co/haH5DAzhIh
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) March 7, 2021
First minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon urged the Gers to take action and called the behaviour of supporters “infuriating and disgraceful.”
Hutton admitted more could have been done to “manage” the situation but claimed the Government had been pre-warned by Rangers about the potential celebrations.
“It’s a difficult situation. We know how bad the pandemic has been,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
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“This being said, the high emotions, everybody running wild. We knew this was coming so they should have, whether it be the police or whatever, should have tried to really prevent this.
“As far as I’m aware I think Rangers did have dialogue with the government and the police about this potentially happening. Whether they thought it would get to this size, I’m not so sure.
“It’s difficult to put into words. I understand everybody’s emotional state, especially being locked up for such a long time and then this happening.
“You just have to be aware of the social distancing, the wearing the masks, everything that goes with it. Probably, more should have been done.
“With emotions running high and everything, it must have been very difficult for everybody involved. Not just the fans, I mean the police, the government everybody at Rangers trying to do their bit.”