By Peter Lynch

5th Apr, 2023 | 6:40pm

Rangers ire towards Humza Yousaf and SNP to escalate as footage emerges of First Minister contradiction

Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf is set to once again face the ire of many Rangers fans after he contradicted himself regarding comments around active police investigations.

Yousaf has been speaking to reporters following the arrest of Peter Murrell, husband of former First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, in connection with an investigation into Scottish National Party (SNP) finances.

Given that the investigation into Murrell is ongoing, Yousaf has refused to comment, in a stark change from his comments about Rangers when they lifted the league title back in 2021.

Justice secretary at the time, Yousaf made comments about a fake video circulating on social media that appeared to show Rangers players singing sectarian songs.

“As you’ll understand, I cannot comment on a live police investigation,” Yousaf said about the arrest of Murrell, according to Scotland Political Editor at LBC Gina Davidson.

“But what I can say and what reassurance I absolutely can give is that the SNP has been fully cooperating in that investigation and will continue to do so.”

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But such comments are the complete opposite of those he made about the ultimately fake video of Rangers’ title celebrations when, despite an ongoing police investigation, he wrote on Twitter: “I have also been made aware of this clip, if (and I stress if) this clip is genuine then any player or staff member found to be guilty of anti-Catholic hatred should be shown the door by the Club. 

“It is right Police Scot investigate & determine the facts around it.”

The video of several Rangers players appearing to sing sectarian songs was soon found to be doctored, as reported by the Daily Record, but Yousaf refused to apologise for his stance on the matter, saying: ​“As justice secretary, I don’t make an apology for calling it out and calling it what it is,” as quoted by STV.

Rangers supporters already have a fractured relationship with the SNP and, of course, Yousaf, who was appointed First Minister just last month.

His latest stance change will not go down well at Ibrox, with many of those glorious title-winning celebrations overshadowed by the doctored video and the subsequent comments from Yousaf.

Even though it was a handful of years ago, tension still remains between the Rangers fanbase and the politician, along with his political party.

In other Rangers news, two Premier League clubs are reportedly eyeing the summer signature of Alfredo Morelos.