Celtic speak out on shocking derby incident

By John McGinley

January 4, 2021

A Celtic spokesperson has released comments to media about sectarian abuse that occurred outside Ibrox on Saturday.

Sky Sports report that social media videos show a congregation of people outside the Rangers stadium shouting abuse at Neil Lennon and his squad as they arrived for the derby.

The club spokesperson said: “The sectarian abuse suffered by our players and staff is completely unacceptable.

“We have raised this issue with Police Scotland, and they have confirmed they are investigating the matter. Clearly, we would hope that all efforts are made to identify those responsible and for all appropriate action to be taken.”

Superintendent Stevie Dolan of Police Scotland told Sky Sports: “We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing into abusive comments and singing around the time of the Celtic FC team coach arriving at Ibrox Stadium prior to the football match on Saturday, 2 January.

“This is an active enquiry, and no arrests have been made at this stage.”

Sectarian abuse aimed at Celtic is nothing new, but still sickening

It’s saddening to see this kind of incident still occurring on the fringes of Scottish football.

Neil Lennon has been on the receiving end of some shocking abuse since arriving in the country.

The Celtic bus arrives at Ibrox / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

From terrace chants to attacks on the pitch and even having viable explosive devices sent to him in the mail, what he’s had to endure is beyond the pale.

That other players and staff would be drawn into it all over the weekend makes it no less appalling.

The club are clearly in no mood to tolerate it, and rightly so.

In other news, Celtic have been boosted in the pursuit of a transfer target.