Graham Spiers takes swipe at Rangers fans as violence erupts in Glasgow

Times journalist Graham Spiers has taken a vicious swipe at Rangers fans who broke coronavirus restrictions to celebrate their team lifting the trophy on Saturday

Rangers completed an invincible league season and went over 100 points in the Premiership with an emphatic 4-0 win over Aberdeen at Ibrox before James Tavernier lifted the trophy.

However, the day was marred by a series of arrests across Glasgow amid Rangers fans’ celebrations while three police officers were also injured [Evening Standard].

There have been plenty of videos doing the rounds on social media that show the clashes between some Gers fans and the police.

Spiers believes the violence among sections of the fans could stem from their political beliefs.

“I’ve written before about this: that section of the Rangers support that feels culturally ‘left behind’ by modern Scotland. So their ‘celebration’ is exhibited in anger, bitterness, resentment, aggression,” he said on his personal Twitter account on Sunday.

“Yet another embarrassing example of it…”

Absolutely no need

Seeing the fans clash with the police like that on Saturday wasn’t good at all.

It was supposed to be a day of celebration for Rangers but instead, it turned into a day where some fans used it as an excuse to release pent-up aggression towards the police.

Whether you agree with Spiers’ theory on why there was such violence or not is one thing but ultimately, it was just down to a number of mindless fools who had too many drinks and decided it was time to act out.

It’s pointless and ultimately, it should lead to them being punished by the law and by Rangers Football Club.

It’s simply unacceptable and we don’t want to see the club we support to be shone in the light it is by the media.

However, when stuff like this happens, the media has no choice but to highlight it and condemn it for what it is.

In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart reacted to the scenes on Saturday with a one-word tweet.