Newspaper forced to remove pro-Celtic tweet after Rangers fan backlash
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Newspaper forced to remove pro-Celtic tweet after Rangers fan backlash

Scottish newspaper the Herald has been forced to remove a tweet concerning Celtic captain Scott Brown after a backlash from Rangers fans.

A poorly judged headline suggested that the coronavirus had a silver lining because the veteran Celtic skipper would get a much-needed rest.

With the illness rocking countries across Europe and the world, such a suggestion lacks sensitivity and it didn’t miss Rangers fans who’ve been quick to comment on Twitter.

The Herald tweet read “the extended break that lies ahead due to the #coronavirus epidemic doesn’t have many silver linings, but one could the unexpected respite it gives to Scott Brown.”

The tweet was in reference to a story in the newspaper’s online coverage, which discusses comments made by Neil Lennon regarding Scott Brown’s future at the club [Herald].

Lennon praised the Celtic captain and suggested that he could eventually join his coaching staff at Parkhead.

The story suggests that Brown could recuperate during the coronavirus to the benefit of Celtic in the article and this used this to generate the tweet.

The story and comments come amid a sensitive time in Scottish sports media coverage, with many Rangers fan suspect of stories which lavish praise on Celtic.

Scottish newspaper the Herald was criticised by Rangers fans for the tweet. (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As a result of friction between Rangers and many traditional press outlets, Club 1872 revealed that they will be facilitating Rangers fan media attending the club’s press conferences [Club 1872].

With the coronavirus suspending all football for the foreseeable future, the Ibrox shareholders revealed that this will be rolled out when the football season returns.