Rangers fans have criticised a small set of supporters who took part in an offensive chant aimed at deceased Celtic legend Tommy Burns during the win over Livingston.
The Gers support had been in fine voice all afternoon at the Tony Macaroni Stadium and helped cheer their side on to a 3-1 victory over the Lions.
However, the match has been overshadowed by the behaviour and the immature chanting of some supporters during the Scottish Premiership victory.
Some fans were clipped singing “Merry Christmas Tommy Burns” on the anniversary of the former Celtic captain and manager’s death. It’s clipped below but obviously be warned.
— Celtic (@YoutubeCelticFC) November 28, 2021
In thoroughly depressing scenes, supporters are clearly indulging in the chanting as a morose insult to the one-time former Walter Smith Scotland assistant Tommy Burns.
Rangers legend Smith was a close friend of Tommy Burns and this has been mentioned several times as Gers supporters railed against the disrespect.
Many will point also to the behaviour of small pockets of Celtic fans when it comes to Smith – a recent minute’s silence in honour of Smith blighted by rival fans – but the wider Rangers support must keep their own house in order before pointing fingers.
There has too long been a culture of disgraceful – often violent – singing in Scottish football and the wind is clearly blowing in a different direction from the terraces of yesterday.
If supporters cannot get it into their heads that this kind of behaviour is unacceptable – and unwelcome – then they will begin to learn the hard way through bans and public intolerance.
Right-thinking Rangers fans thoroughly embarrassed about Tommy Burns chant
Going to a football match is no excuse to level disgusting abuse and disgraceful language and to do so in the name of Rangers Football Club is a continuing embarrassment to the rest of the support.
As supporters – on both sides of the Old Firm divide – perhaps there has never been a greater responsibility or opportunity to challenge this behaviour.
The times they a’changin’ and these knuckle-draggers are being called out by supporters angry that once again the club’s name has been dragged through the mud by so-called “fans”:
Walter Smith and Tommy Burns, the ultimate respect.
In death, we have no colours. 💚💙 pic.twitter.com/ShujpY1r0T
— 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 (@SeafarerMichael) November 28, 2021
I get there’s parts of our songbook I’ll never agree with some folk on, but if anyone thinks a song mentioning Tommy Burns should be in our stands, kindly never turn up at Ibrox ever again.
— Garry Carmody (@GarryCarmody) November 29, 2021
Tommy Burns was a close personal friend of Walter Smith, and most importantly, a human being. Our thoughts go out to his family, especially if they saw this. (1/2)
— Rangers Fans For Change (@RFFC2021) November 28, 2021
Catching up on some of the stuff from yesterday.
Snowballs, a bit of childish fun, shouldn’t have been thrown onto the park to disrupt the game however.
Songs about Tommy Burns? What kind of utter moron do you need to be? Just stay at home you mindless idiots. Derek
— Aye Ready Podcast (@AyeReadyPod) November 29, 2021
I get we all have a laugh at the football, take the piss out of players who aren’t very good or dislike, try put off the opposition and create songs that are funny like the Rangers boys are on a bender song.
Today about Tommy Burns however was a disgrace and not funny at all.
— Baldy Barisic 🇬🇧 (@Baldy_Barisic) November 28, 2021
If you were involved in singing about Tommy Burns today you aren’t big,you aren’t funny,you are part of the problem.
Hang your heads.
— David (@bigsimba1978) November 28, 2021
Can’t believe we’ve had fans singing about Tommy Burns. I didn’t know Tommy personally, but, if you keep friends like Walter Smith and Ally McCoist, then you must be a great man. Walter would have been ashamed by that – as will Ally and any other normal human being. Idiots
— Glasgow Is Blue (@GlasgowIsBlue72) November 28, 2021
I won’t retweet it to give them the exposure. But if you were at that game today singing songs associated to Tommy Burns you are an utter disgrace. Sadly we just have that element amongst our support that are utter arseholes.
— BMC 🇳🇱🍊 (@BMCRangersRants) November 28, 2021
If this is what you want to do when attending a Rangers game then please don’t go. It’s not for you. Disgusting behaviour and an absolute embarrassment to the club. https://t.co/cM5GQP8Ik8
— 𝐁𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞𝐅𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐏𝐨𝐝 🇳🇱 (@Battlefeverpod) November 29, 2021
Idiots like this have no place in our support.
— Just a Gers Fan (@JustAGersFan) November 28, 2021
Can I just point out that this minority does not speak for the rest of us. Embarrassing our club with singing like this.
Don’t forget young ones, Tommy was one of Walters best pals. ❌ https://t.co/2Fvj3eUDq6
— Royal Roy Makaay 🇳🇱 (@RoyMakaayBrox) November 29, 2021
It’s clear Rangers supporters are ashamed of this behaviour and let’s hope that those responsible either change tact or – if they refuse – are banned from attending.
Scottish football consistently lets itself down with this sort of behaviour and once again Rangers fans have found themselves apologising for the actions of neds they don’t even know due to the Tommy Burns chant.
Meanwhile, a certainly more agreeable chant has continued to ring out from the stands as supporters welcome new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.