Rangers must take Celtic senior man to task over shameful slur
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Rangers must demand answers over Peter Lawwell comments at AGM

Rangers held their AGM yesterday with Celtic following suit 24 hours later as theirs took place this morning – and the Gers must take Parkhead chief executive Peter Lawwell to ask over comments he made during it.

After banning notorious, self-styled ultra group the Green Brigade for picking up yet another UEFA fine for their woeful conduct, Lawwell somehow managed to make it about Rangers.

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Despite being fined by UEFA for the third time this season – and the nineteenth since 2007 – Lawwell seems to think that his side’s fan base has some sort of unblemished reputation, making a suggestion that their “rivals” – or Rangers to be precise – have some sort of problem.

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“When you see certain banners and hear certain songs my heart sinks. It allows our enemies to put us in with our rivals. We are not the same, we are different. Lawwell said, as quoted by the Daily Record’s live blog from the AGM (13:09).

“We had to take action to avoid stricter sanctions from UEFA.”

There can be absolutely no denying that there has been a section of Rangers fans who have dragged the club’s name through the mud, leading to section closures at Ibrox but since UEFA came down hard, there has been a dramatic turnaround in the Gers support.

Compare that with what’s going on across the city and, NINETEEN fines from UEFA later, there’s still this mind-blowing belief that somehow Rangers are worse.

Rather than trying to mitigate the behaviour of Celtic fans by pointing to something at Rangers that there are clear strides being made to eradicate, Lawwell really needs to deal with his own side’s problems.

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Comments such as Lawwell’s do nothing to help anybody within Scottish football and it’s the sort of thing that the Scottish FA should really look at taking action over.

Rangers also need to take a firm stance and make it abundantly clear that they won’t sit back and allow such ridiculous comments to be made from someone in such a prominent position.


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