Rangers controversy leads pundit to call for 'lifetime bans'

By Kevin Phillips

6th Apr, 2022 | 4:00pm

Rangers news: Phillips demands 'lifetime bans' after probe into 'horrible' incident

Kevin Phillips has called for lifetime bans to be issued to fans who threw glass bottles onto the pitch in Celtic’s win over Rangers on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner said the “horrible” and “crazy” incident marred what was a “really entertaining” Old Firm at Ibrox.

Celtic strengthened their title bid with a 2-1 win over Rangers on Sunday thanks to goals from Tom Rogic and Cameron Carter-Vickers.

As the two teams went into the changing room at half time, a member of Celtic’s staff was hit by a glass bottle and subsequently required stitches.

The second half was then delayed as ground staff cleared away broken glass from the penalty area where Hoops goalkeeper Joe Hart was going to be.

As quoted by the Daily Record (3 April), a Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed an enquiry into the incident is underway.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the scenes at Ibrox, Phillips said: “We don’t want to see that in football. It is horrible.

“It is crazy because it is so dangerous. You could easily kill someone.

“It has marred what was a really entertaining, tough tackling derby that meant so much. We do not want to see that.

“If they can identify the culprits then it should be a life ban. It is as simple as that. Until we issue life bans, people would continue to do it.”

In other news, a Rangers TV pundit has maked a VAR claim as controversial Cameron Carter-Vickers footage analysed.