Scottish Premiership

Police probe Ibrox bottle-throwing incident

Glass cleared from Ibrox pitch
Glass is removed from the Ibrox pitch (pic: SNS Group)

Rangers 1 Celtic 2

It was a day of disappointment all round for Rangers, losing further ground in the race for the Premiership title and facing a Police Scotland inquiry after a glass bottle was thrown onto the Ibrox pitch.

A pulsating match that resulted in Rangers’ first home league defeat in two years, was interrupted for five minutes while ground staff cleared broken glass from Celtic keeper Joe Hart’s penalty area.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We are aware of a glass bottle being thrown on the pitch at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow during the Rangers v Celtic match on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

“Enquiries are currently ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou said: “It’s unfortunate and it shouldn’t happen. You don’t need things like that to detract from what I thought was a great spectacle otherwise.

“It is disappointing. I thought it was a proper derby, the atmosphere was unbelievable, both teams were up for it, both teams were going for it.

“You don’t need it. I don’t know what people are trying to achieve by doing that. I thought it was a fantastic spectacle.

“Sitting here now as the winning coach that kind of taints my view of it but I thought anybody watching that would agree it was a good game of football and you could tell there was something meaningful at the end of it by the way both sets of players went at it.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has criticised the “thuggish” behaviour of Rangers fans during the game.

Speaking on LBC radio, she said: “Whether it happens at a football match or in the street, people throwing glass bottles is just not acceptable. It’s mindless, thuggish behaviour and it has no place in any civilised society.

“But these are matters for the authorities, obviously for the football authorities and potentially for the police and criminal justice authorities.

“Football should be something that people can take their kids to and have a happy, joyful occasion. Behaviour like that, whether it’s at an Old Firm match or any other football match, besmirches that, and it should absolutely be seen as unacceptable.”

Celtic manager Postecoglou also confirmed that a member of his backroom team required stitches after being hit by a missile as the teams headed off the pitch at half-time.

“He was on the way in,” said the Parkhead chief. “I think he is okay, he had a couple of stitches.

“It is disappointing because this is a game that gets beamed around the world and it stands on its own. You had two teams going at it in first and second spot and you don’t need a couple of idiots spoiling it.”

The visitors bounced back from losing an early Aaron Ramsey goal to complete a vital Premiership win thanks to goals from Tom Rogic and Cameron Carter-Vickers in the opening period, Celtic now sitting six points ahead of their fierce rivals with six games remaining.

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst said the result is “very tough” to take. On the title race, he conceded: “It’s not over but this result makes it more difficult for us.”

Rangers go to Portugal to take on Braga in the last eight of the Europa League on Thursday, then it’s back to Scottish Premiership duty at St Mirren next Sunday before the second leg in Glasgow.


Rangers: Ramsey (3 min)

Celtic: Rogic (7 min), Carter-Vickers (42 min)

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