FORMER Celtic striker Chris Sutton is to meet police today after he received a death threat.
The sickening message was sent to the ex-Hoops star, now a media pundit, following the Parkhead side’s 1-0 loss at Ibrox 10 days ago and the authorities are treating it seriously.
Sutton, 45, confirmed: “I don’t want to go into any detail as this is a private matter and it is now in the hands of the police.
“Suffice to say, I have seen what’s been sent and it wasn’t a particularly pleasant thing to receive.”
The one-time international frontman is believed to have reported the threat to police near his home in England.
Following the Ibrox encounter, Sutton was scathing about the SFA’s failure to take retrospective action against Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, who had been involved in three flashpoint incidents – and escaped without even a word of warning from referee John Beaton.
The controversial Colombian booted Hoops skipper Scott Brown with the ball yards away in the third minute with the match official only a few feet from the obvious infringement.
Morelos then made a grab for Ryan Christie’s private parts in a separate incident and, later on, he stamped on right-back Anthony Ralston as he lay on the touchline.
The SFA were unable to hand out punishment when it emerged Beaton had admitted to witnessing all three potentially-explosive moments.
Sutton claimed the SFA’s decision not to take disciplinary action against Morelos looked “like a stitch up”.
He said: “If they had applied the rules correctly, then El Buffalo would have been on the end of three separate red cards.”
In his role as a TV pundit, he branded the outcome as “shambolic” and “buffoonery of the highest order”.
Sutton’s revelation follows alleged similar messages to whistler Beaton.
There will now be a summit meeting between Celtic and the SFA bosses later this week in an effort to seek clarification of the rules.