Rangers fans have hit back on Twitter following Thursday’s controversial move from the Union Bears.

The fan group discouraged the use of firecrackers, but said it supports the ‘safe use of pyrotechnics inside and outside football stadiums.’

The announcement was prompted by an incident during the League Cup quarter-final tie against Livingston on Wednesday evening.

The BBC reported that two individuals, a 13-year-old boy and a 26-year-old woman, required treatment for eye and leg injuries respectively following the use of a firecracker.

Police Scotland Chief Inspector Neil Mitchell warned that an investigation was underway with a view to handing out punishments.

“I can confirm that we are following a positive line of inquiry,” he told the BBC. “We will deal with all those responsible in a robust manner including seeking football banning orders through the courts.”

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The Union Bears section of the Broomloan stand was closed off for the visit of Legia last month, following UEFA charges. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In light of injuries to fellow supporters, it’s concerning that the Union Bears, whose section generated much of the atmosphere at the Tony Macaroni on Wednesday evening, did not move to condone the use of pyrotechnics as a whole.

After all, they are outlawed by Scottish football authorities.

Many Rangers fans disagree with supporter group’s stance

The statement has angered plenty of Rangers fans who argue there is simply no need to bring accessories which could seriously injure fellow supporters.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:


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