Kenny Dalglish urges Rangers and Celtic to behave after Old Firm incident
Kenny Dalglish has urged everybody to behave at football matches as the Rangers fan who threw the bottle at Ibrox was charged in court, as per Scottish Sun.
The Old Firm clash on 3 April was overshadowed as Celtic physio Daniel Friel was struck with a bottle thrown from the crowd.
The former Scotland international insisted the incident shouldn’t be publicised as it gives the Scottish people and football a bad name.
“You’ve got to be able to behave when you go to the matches – that’s for everybody,” Dalglish told The Herald.
“It’s hard if you’re losing but it’s even harder if you’re locked up and behind bars.
“It’s 50,000 people at a game. It’s not right but it’s still unfair on the other people to be classed in the same breath.”
He added: “One of their own players could’ve fell on that thing, they were attacking that goal, or even if they’re defending it. It’s not right.
“It’s got to be corrected, but it shouldn’t be publicised either because Scotland is better than that.
“The Scottish nation is better than that and the football teams are better than that. On the whole and in the main, the fans are better than that.”
It is always a shame when the actions of one idiot ruin it for everybody else. The Old Firm is one of the biggest rivalries in world football, it is notorious for its hostile atmosphere and intense hatred between the two clubs but what the so-called Gers fan did during the 2-1 defeat at Ibrox was a step too far.
The Bears fans have a bad enough reputation as it is and that doesn’t need to be made any worse.
The incident could have led to life-changing injuries for Friel who in the end got away lightly – it was completely brainless.
Hopefully, everyone takes a note out of Dalglish’s book for this Sunday’s [April 17] Old Firm clash.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side could do without any off-field distractions in the build-up or during the game with it essential their full focus is on getting one back on their Glaswegian rivals as they grasped the league title with one hand last time out at Ibrox.
It is imperative for the Light Blues that they beat the Hoops on the weekend otherwise this season would be a complete disaster domestically.
In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist has looked ahead to the next Old Firm.