Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes that new legislation should be introduced following off the pitch incidents involving Scott Sinclair and Russell Martin.
The Old Firm were high profile victims of verbal abuse in the aftermath of the recent Old Firm game, and Rodgers has claimed that unless something is done to combat the abuse the incidents will only continue.
“You are a footballer on the pitch, but you are also a human being as well,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“That doesn’t entitle people to come up and think they can have a go at you. I’ve felt for a long time something should be done about it.
“We all have responsibilities, we have to be role models, which is important. But there has to be a level of respect going the other way was well.
“I only hope something can be done to legislate so it doesn’t keep happening.”
In matters on the pitch, following the 3-2 win at Ibrox the Hoops return to action at Fir Park against Motherwell on Sunday, hoping to maintain their nine point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
Football Insider verdict
Whilst Rodgers’ words are very noble, it does seem highly unlikely that anything will be done to stop the problem of verbal abuse given to football players when off the pitch. The most that the police would be likely to do is arrest the person and it would be up to the individual to press charges, which Sinclair did not want to do. Sadly when it comes to the aftermath of a divisive game like the Old Firm derby, there is always likely to be incidents like this, they have happened for many years and no doubt will continue to happen for many years to go, it just seems to be the nature of the rivalry.
In other Celtic news, Andy Walker his tipped the Hoops to defeat Motherwell on Sunday