Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has expressed anger and disgust at the ‘selfish thuggish sectarian’ behaviour displayed by Rangers fans as they celebrated winning the Scottish Premier League by spouting ‘vile anti Catholic prejudice’.
Ms Sturgeon said she was in ‘disbelief’ at the scenes in Glasgow last weekend as Rangers fans celebrated their first Scottish Premier League title in 10 years, with disorder breaking out throughout the city, which was left looking like a warzone.
‘I’m understandably inundated with messages about y’day’s disgraceful scenes in Glasgow,’ she tweeted on Sunday 16th May.
‘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.’
Ms Sturgeon pointed out that people across the country are ‘still living under the most difficult restrictions’, not being able to see their families or attend weddings and funerals.
She said they ‘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.’
Ms Sturgeon also urged Rangers to 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,’ she added.