Celtic release statement on 'extremely regrettable' derby incidents

By John McGinley

May 1, 2022

Celtic and Rangers have both released statements this evening on ugly scenes at the end of today’s derby match at Celtic Park.

A Celtic spokesperson said, as reported by BBC journalist Chris McLaughlin: “We are still working through the recent events at Ibrox, including the assaults on our staff members and supporters.

“It is extremely regrettable that again our supporters have been targeted by missiles, including bottles and seating, ripped from our seating deck, resulting in injuries to fans and stewards.

“We will be liaising with all relevant parties in order that a wide range of issues are fully addressed in the appropriate manner.”

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McLaughlin had earlier reported a statement released by Rangers, who said they were disappointed with the response to what they felt was a targeted throwing of missiles at their own supporters.

Clearly, anyone throwing anything intended to cause harm at a football match is out of order, regardless of what colours they are wearing.

The events at Ibrox, which included shattered glass littering Joe Hart’s penalty box and a Celtic physio requiring stitches after a bottle attack [The Guardian] were bad enough. That similar scenes are being looked into after today is a further concern.

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It all comes with the backdrop of calls for a return of larger allocations in both venues. However, it’s hard to see how that is feasible given recent events.

Solutions need to be found here but I’m not even sure where to start.

Is strict liability the answer? The SPFL say no. But I expect there to be more media calls for UEFA-style punishment to come over the next few days.

In other news, Joe Hart and Kyogo unfazed by derby draw with class Celtic Instagram posts.