Let’s be clear about this, footballers taking a lap of honour are not liable for hooliganism. You know this and Police Scotland know it. Forcing football hooligans to stay behind after a game and watch opponents celebrate, as happened when Newco visited Celtic Park earlier this season, was a poorly thought out police decision, but the police are not liable for hooliganism either.
The match superintendent’s report, made available under Freedom of Information, illustrates that forcing 800 losers watch 59,011 people celebrate is something that should have been considered prior to the match being allowed to proceed with only 800 away fans.
Losing fans at this fixture should be allowed to leave the stadium at full time. If this cannot be accommodated with away fans getting such a small area of the stadium, away fans should be given an appropriate section of the stadium and egress areas.
This is a new problem and you know who caused it. Give away fans appropriate egress at both stadiums and the problem goes away.
And while we’re discussing the matter, running headlines which justify hooliganism is grossly irresponsible. You also know who staged this for the newspaper.
This is why we need to be relentless. We need to win the League Cup and we need to rattle through the league in December. Fight fire will irresistible football success.