Cammy Bell furious with 'idiots' at Rangers clash with Celtic making headlines
Scottish football is in a “really good place” with a strong Rangers and Celtic but it is being spoilt by “idiots” making bad headlines says Cammy Bell.
The 1-1 draw at Parkhead was an engrossing encounter that ultimately cleared the way for the Hoops to lift the SPFL title.
But after the final whistle both sets of fans were seen throwing missiles at each other (Scottish Sun), and both clubs put out competing press releases defending their own supporters, with the BBC’s Tom English tweeting out a screenshot of both and decrying the situation as “grim”.
Speaking on Go Radio on Monday night (2 May, 5.08pm) Bell said: “It’s really unfortunate that the minority spoil it for a lot because I’ve just spoken about what a good place Scottish football is in at the moment. For me it’s in a really good place.
“Things like that can just spoil it. Again it’s making headlines when you want to be speaking about the football for the headlines.
“You want to have a strong Rangers and Celtic team, which I think you do at the moment. They’re very close. I don’t think there’s much between the two.
“So we should be speaking about the football and not, for me, these idiots that start throwing things at each other.”
Former Light Blues keeper Bell is right that these negative headlines are detracting from what would otherwise be an impressive return to the days of having strong teams on each side of the Old Firm divide.
The Europa League run has brought increased focus on Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side, having overcome a list of notable continental names on the way to the semi-final.
And the head-to-head battle domestically has levelled out with the past two meetings, after a pair of Celtic wins had suggested the rivalry had become lopsided this year.
Nothing will ever turn the Glasgow derby into a calm and measured affair, and few would want it to.
But it continues to cross a line, which will turn plenty away from what they feel is an unsafe environment.
The arrests that followed the match on Sunday follow on from glass bottles being thrown onto the Ibrox pitch during the previous league meeting among other incidents.
And while football can become needlessly pious about some subjects within the sport, there really is nothing beneficial from fans harming each other and detracting from the game.