Rangers’ away win over Hibernian on Friday night should have been celebrated for what it was – a fantastic display to keep the pace in a thrilling title race.
Of course, nobody is denying the 3-0 win was exactly that, but unfortunately, much of the discussion in the aftermath has been dominated by the disgraceful scenes we saw surrounding Borna Barisic.
The Croatian was take out by a dreadful challenge from Ryan Porteous – which resulted in a red card for the Hibs man – and while he lay on the turf recovering a glass bottle was thrown from the home fans onto the pitch and in his direction.
Thankfully, he wasn’t struck, but it did mar an otherwise excellent evening for the Gers.
In an update on the incident, as reported by the BBC, Hibernian have now confirmed that they have identified four men thought to be involved, and have passed on the relevant information and CCTV footage to Police Scotland.
The club also state that they are continuing to study footage to ascertain whether or not anybody else was involved.
This is promising news, largely because the sooner this can be dealt with, the sooner we can look to stamp this kind of behaviour out of the Scottish game.
There is simply no excuse for this kind of mindless violence towards a player, and we should just be thankful that Barisic was unharmed.
The key now is for the relevant authorities to make an example of those involved so that others who might be inclined to commit such an act realise that there are serious consequences.
For Rangers though, they need to put it to the back of their minds immediately and focus on the Boxing Day clash with Kilmarnock and securing all three points.