Celtic called to ‘deal with’ fans who hanged dolls at Old Firm game

Celtic fans show their support during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow

Celtic fans show their support during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow

Calls have been made for Celtic Football Club to “take action” against fans who were responsible for the hanging of effigies at Saturday’s Old Firm game.

DUP MP Gregory Campbell, who condemned the actions of Celtic supporters, said: “A series of things seem to have happened.

“Someone got these sex dolls, handcuffed their hands behind their back, in one case put a Rangers scarf around one and on another case apparently put an Orange collarette around them, then hung them up as if they were being hanged from the stand.

“They were dangling down in front of their fans below them.”

Mr Campbell claimed Celtic fans also “used the ‘hun’ word in a banner”.

“This is now an issue for the football club themselves,” he added.

Celtic and Rangers fans show their support during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow

Celtic and Rangers fans show their support during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow

“Some of the Celtic fan groups have come out very strongly and opposed them.

“But the club themselves, they are responsible for the actions inside the ground and these things were done at the ground, at the Celtic end of the ground, so the football club need to responde and deal with those responsible.”

He added that CCTV footage “should ensure that they get those responsible and take appropriate action against them”.

“It was also world suicide day on Saturday,” added Mr Campbell.

“However I would imagine anyone who would go to these lengths were blissfully unaware.

“But there is an irony that was the case and they probably would have known about Kris Boyd’s brother because that was headlines in the Scottish media.

“He was quite a prominent Rangers player and he was speaking out about the trauma of his family after his brother’s suicide.

“There are a combination of things there that should ensure the football club takes action against those responsible.”

On Saturday Brendan Rodgers’ side claimed a 5-1 win over Rangers.

A spokesman from Celtic Football Club said: “Celtic will not become involved in a tit for tat spat regarding all events at Celtic Park on Saturday.

“We will deal with all issues arising in a proper and professional manner in line with our well established policies.”

The spokesman added that “Saturday was a fantastic event for the club and our fans worldwide. We thank the overwhelming majority of our supporters for the positive backing they gave to the team and for making this such a great occasion.”