Nicola Sturgeon blasts ‘thuggish’ and ‘selfish’ Rangers fans after title celebrations
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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has hit out at Rangers supporters after they celebrated their club’s first league title in 10 years by flooding into the streets following yesterday’s 4-0 victory over Aberdeen.
Steven Gerrard’s side went the entire season unbeaten as they ended Celtic’s decade-long dominance in emphatic style.
However, Sturgeon is fuming that such a vast amount of supporters would have a wild party in the streets while in the midst of a global pandemic.
“I’m understandably inundated with messages about y’day’s disgraceful scenes in Glasgow,” Sturgeon tweeted.
“Police still have a job to do, which restrains my comments to some extent – but to say I’m utterly disgusted by the Rangers fans who rampaged through the city would be an understatement.
“I’m also angry on behalf of every law abiding citizen. In normal times, the violence & vandalism, & the vile anti-Catholic prejudice that was on display, would have been utterly unacceptable. But mid-pandemic, in a city with cases on the rise, it was also selfish beyond belief.
“People across the country still living under the most difficult restrictions – not able to see family or attend weddings and funerals – are rightly furious at the irresponsible actions of a thuggish minority who seem to care little for the risks they pose to other people.
“Understandably people ask questions about if/how government and police can do more to prevent/tackle scenes like these, and there is a need to reflect. That said, @policescotland
officers have my admiration & thanks for the job they did in difficult and dangerous circumstances
I hope @RangersFC will also reflect on what more must be done to tackle this behaviour by fans, albeit a minority.
“However, ultimate responsibility lies with those who behaved in such a thuggish, sectarian and selfish manner. And that’s why we must let the police do their job.”
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