Rangers’ 3-0 win over Hibernian on Friday night should have been a wholly positive affair for the Gers.

As well as putting in a commanding performance without star man Alfredo Morelos, they also managed to cut the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership table on bitter rivals Celtic.

Goals from Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo, and Jermain Defoe were enough to secure the win for Steven Gerrard’s side, but the match was marred by a somewhat more unsavoury incident.

Following the dismissal of Hibs defender Ryan Porteous for a challenge on Borna Barisic, a glass bottle appeared to be thrown onto the pitch from the home support, narrowly missing the Rangers ace.


And pundit Ally McCoist was left fuming by the incident.

Speaking on BT Sport, as quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “What if that lands of Barisic’s head? He could end up in hospital. He could end up with stitches, brain damage, anything.

“It just defies logic some of these idiots. Complete and utter bampots.

“They are spoiling our game, it’s shocking. Something has to be done because it is appalling.

“It’s incidents like this that make us a complete embarrassment across the world.”

McCoist isn’t mincing his words here, but who can blame him?

In no other walk of life would it be acceptable to hurl a glass bottle at somebody while they carried out their job, so why must footballers be subjected to that kind of abuse and physical threat?

Yes, passions run high in the stands, as they do on the pitch, but that is frankly no excuse for such a mindless and dangerous act.

Hibernian must deal with this swiftly and thoroughly to make an example of whoever threw the projectile, because McCoist is right, it has the potential to ruin the game for everybody.

In other news, Ibrox View: Rangers must follow through on reported raid for wantaway 29-year-old hitman.


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