Some may argue that the disgraceful scenes involving Rangers fans in Glasgow this weekend couldn’t have been foreseen. We know different, of course.
Celtic spotted the trouble on Saturday a mile off.
The club took the decision to close the Argyle Street Celtic store yesterday, recognising that hordes of apparently angry and troublesome Rangers supporters were on their way to the city centre.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has issued a furious response to the trouble, outlining just how much of a disaster it could have been for Celtic employees had the store remained open.
Communicating in a lengthy Twitter thread, the First Minister said: “I’m understandably inundated with messages about yesterday’s disgraceful scenes in Glasgow. Police still have a job to do, which restrains my comments to some extent – but to say I’m utterly disgusted by the Rangers fans who rampaged through the city would be an understatement.
“I’m also angry on behalf of every law-abiding citizen. In normal times, the violence & vandalism, & the vile anti-Catholic prejudice that was on display, would have been utterly unacceptable. But mid-pandemic, in a city with cases on the rise, it was also selfish beyond belief.
“People across the country still living under the most difficult restrictions – not able to see family or attend weddings and funerals – are rightly furious at the irresponsible actions of a thuggish minority who seem to care little for the risks they pose to other people.”
The widespread condemnation from various politicians and authorities today is welcome, but you really have to ask how it was allowed to happen in the first place?
Shocking images and videos have emerged on social media throughout the weekend showing fans fighting between themselves and engaging in disgusting chants.
Thankfully Celtic took steps to ensure shop staff were not put in harm’s way.
Although, the shop’s closure didn’t stop some people from vandalising the storefront. [Celtic Star]
Celtic fans have congregated in the past to celebrate title wins, but I don’t remember the First Minister being forced to reprimand our supporters for shaming the city.
That’s the difference, isn’t it?