CELTIC have confirmed Matt O’Riley had a glass bottle thrown at him in the 3-3 draw at Ibrox yesterday.

It is understood Police Scotland are now investigating the incident which followed the midfielder’s 34th-minute penalty-kick which made it 2-0 for the champions.
O’Riley had a muted celebration with his team-mates after doubling the Hoops’ advantage following Daizen Maeda’s opener inside a minute.
The Danish international beat Jack Butland at the Copland Road end of the stadium and it is believed he was targeted with the missile as his team-mates congratulated him on his first goal in the derby fixture.

TARGETED…a glass bottle is clearly seen as Matt O’Riley turns away after scoring with his penalty-kick at Ibrox. Image courtesy Celtic TV.

A statement from the club read: “It has been confirmed today that a glass bottle was thrown at Matt at yesterday’s match. The repeated targeting of our players and staff with missiles is quite appalling and completely unacceptable.

“We have already raised our serious concerns with Rangers and understand that police are investigating the matter.”

Previously, Celtic had commented on objects being thrown at coaching staff in their technical area. A statement read: “It is totally unacceptable that our staff have once again been targeted in this way.

“We will be raising our serious concerns with Rangers and we understand that the matter is currently being investigated by Police Scotland.”

The 3-3 draw was the third all-Glasgow encounter of the season after the champions won 1-0 with a Kyogo Furuhashi goal at the same venue on September 3 and the Japanese striker also hit the points clincher at Parkhead on December 30 when Brendan Rodgers’ men triumphed 2-1.

The rivals will meet again in the east end of Glasgow once the post-split fixtures are announced.

Celtic are scheduled to face St Mirren at Parkhead on Saturday afternoon.


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