I sent the following to Rangers 1872 and will let you know if I get a reply…
Dear Rangers 1872,
I read with interest your Press Release regarding the request to ban Celtic fans from forthcoming matches at Ibrox after events at Celtic Park during the Glasgow Derby on Saturday 10/09/2016.
As a Celtic season ticket holder of a number of years I agree with your condemnation of the effigies of The Rangers Fans being hung during the game it was wholly and totally unacceptable anywhere let alone a football match. I also condemn, amongst other things, the fan who had a flag that said “Kill all Huns” and the banner stating “Know You Place Hun Scum”. None of these has any place at a football match.
However, at the same time, I would ask if you will condemn the following?
- Rangers fans displaying lynched effigies of Charles Green and Craig Whyte. See here:https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/1003370/beware-of-bomb-in-post/
- The singing of the banned song with the sectarian line “up to our knees in Fenian blood” by Rangers fans at Celtic Park on Saturday.
- The banner at least seasons Scottish Cup semi-final about paedophilia.
- Several songs and chants about paedophilia sung by Rangers fans at Celtic Park on Saturday.
- The signing of the sectarian song “No Pope of Rome” sung by Rangers fans at Celtic Park on Saturday.
- The wanton destruction of toilet facilities by Rangers fans at Celtic Park on Saturday.
- The Rangers players and management team posing for a picture with a Loyalist Band who were that afternoon going to commemorate the death of a Loyalist Para-military member who was shot after murdering an innocent Catholic in Belfast.
I would trust that in your desire to remove sectarianism and bigotry from football in Glasgow and Scotland that you will have a view on the points raised above.
I look forward to your reply.”