Stuart McCall and Derek Ferguson have condemned the jubilant scenes before Rangers beat St Mirren on Saturday to all-but wrap up the Premiership title.
The Gers were 3-0 victors over the Saints as they flexed their superiority over the division once again but it was events around Ibrox that created mass debate.
Bears adorned the streets outside the stadium to express their gratitude and joy at the impending 55th title but with Covid-19 restrictions still firmly in place this created controversy among the media and public.
Speaking on BBC Sportsound [14:00, 06/03/21], former Light Blues heroes McCall and Ferguson understood the emotion of supporters but agreed that ultimately it was the wrong thing to do.
McCall said: “It took me back to last season when Liverpool won the league, you saw the scenes there.
“Being an Evertonian, playing for Everton, it was hard but you could totally understand it, but you knew it was wrong when you were watching it.”
He added: “Not right.”
Ferguson concurred: “Maybe it’s not right, obviously it’s not right to go and do it in numbers, I saw some footage before my game today.”
“It’s a game we all love, the fans are desperate for it, it’s hard to say yeah you can excuse them but I can certainly understand”, he added.
We share similar sentiments to those echoed on Sportsound.
Of course the restrictions need to be respected in a bid to combat a deadly pandemic that has claimed so many lives.
If people were going around and not respecting the rules (ie not wearing a mask if they are required to, social distancing) then there is no defence for them.
On the other hand the wait has been so long and it looks like that exuberance has just spilled over.
Again, it is not right but as McCall pointed out similar scenes were found on the streets of Liverpool when they broke their long league duck last year, while Leeds United supporters also took to the streets in their droves to celebrate promotion back to the Premier League.
There wasn’t quite as much hysteria surrounding them as this has already produced so it does feel like we are being singled out.
Hopefully we can celebrate properly and legally soon without restrictions.
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