In his column in the Evening Times, former Rangers captain, Lee McCulloch, has condemned the throwing of missiles by a minority of Scottish football fans.
The comments come in the wake of several incidents this season.
In recent weeks, in particular, the number of incidents is on the increase.
Then Hibernian manager, Neil Lennon, was struck by an object during an Edinburgh derby earlier in the campaign.
Furthermore, ex-Rangers striker Kris Boyd, was targeted with a coin, thrown by a Celtic supporter.
‘It is not just one club or one ground, we are seeing it more and more and it’s completely unacceptable’, wrote McCulloch, for
the Evening Times.
‘It has to stop.’
The current Dundee United strikers coach, then posited punishment ideas. Perhaps a points deduction for the club involved, or a stadium ban.
‘Whatever the punishment or deterrent is, there’s no doubt we need to clamp down on these sorts of incidents because someone is going to get badly injured’, he continued.
‘For the safety of our players and the good of the game, we can’t have supporters behaving in that manner. What does it say about our game and our society?’
It’s clear McCulloch feels strongly about this issue and rightly so.
Unless strong measures are put in place, there is a risk of escalation.
Poor refereeing and accusations of bias have already put Scotland in the spotlight. This sort of behaviour simply provides an excuse for further negative coverage.
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