KRISTOFFER AJER has warned the missile-throwing thugs that they risk “destroying” the game’s reputation in Scotland.
There have been new demands for the introduction of strict liability after Celtic forward Scott Sinclair was the target during two shameful incidents at Easter Road on Saturday.
Firstly, he was exposed when a glass bottle was thrown from a Hibs section as he prepared to take a left-wing corner-kick.
The object bounced in front of the Hoops player and was handed to trackside officials by referee Willie Collum during the holders’ 2-0 win over the home side in the Scottish Cup quarter-final.
NEAR MISS…the glass bottle bounces just in front of Scott Sinclair’s foot.
Secondly, a coin was also tossed in the direction of the same player as he once again prepared to take a corner-kick at the same corner of the pitch.
These moments of sheer idiocy are the latest in a string of incidents that have blighted the Scottish game this season.
Now the champions’ Norwegian international defender is calling for action to be taken before a player is seriously injured and the sport’s image is damaged irreparably.
Ajer, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “What happened on Saturday was really, really disappointing.
“Hopefully, some action will be taken before a serious injury happens because you can’t sit and wait for the first really bad injury before something is done.
“If that bottle hits Sinclair, it could have caused a severe injury. He was lucky not to be hit.
HAND IT OVER…referee Willie Collum passes the object to trackside officials.
“Too many times this season a line has been crossed.
“For me, I’ve always thought that Scottish fans are the best in the world in terms of creating an incredible atmosphere and fantastic noise. Without a doubt, this is one of the best countries in the world to play in for atmosphere.
“But a few fans are destroying the whole picture you get from the stands because of these coins and even a bottle being thrown at the players.
“That is completely unacceptable and a real shame. To see these situations being the headlines is really quite sad.”
Hibs have vowed to invest in improved CCTV coverage after admitting their current system failed to pick up the offenders responsible for taking aim at Sinclair with the bottle and the coin.