Scottish government and SNP justice minister Humza Yousaf has placed himself on the frontline of a war being waged against Rangers amid questionable videos and claims regarding fan title celebrations.
Gers supporters ignored warnings from the government, the police and the club to gather in their thousands to celebrate the Gers’ 55th title win.
Not only did the Scottish government neglect their responsibility in this regard – despite repeated warnings that it would take place – but they are now on the offensive regarding the Ibrox club.
Like many other social gatherings which are lubricated with excessive intake of alcohol in Scotland, the entire thing ended in tears as fans were forced out of George Square and clashed with police.
There were also videos of fighting amongst supporters whilst there have been claims of sectarian singing but little video evidence of this, stopping short of denying this behaviour took place.
The end scenes can never be condoned, and hooliganism is a smite on football which impacts all clubs on different scales.
This is not a Rangers-centric problem no matter how much some might like to pretend it is. You need only look at the fall-out from similar celebrations across the city.
However, Rangers have been kicked from pillar to post in the aftermath of the incident with the upper reaches of the SNP government wading in.
The issue is tarring all fans with the same brush and attempting to attack the club in the process.
Yousaf has been amongst the most vocal and controversially passed judgement on a doctored and completely false video that incorrectly claims Rangers players were singing sectarian add-ons to the song Sweet Caroline.
This orchestrated response – from the justice minister and police no less – alludes to wrongdoing and even demands that the players involved should lose their jobs. It is categorically fake.
I have also been made aware of this clip, if (and I stress if) this clip is genuine then any player or staff member found to be guilty of anti-Catholic hatred should be shown the door by the Club.
It is right Police Scot investigate & determine the facts around it. https://t.co/wRyI5ZP4Tz
— Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) May 17, 2021
Now, the outspoken politician has doubled down on this via Sky Sports and demanded that the Ibrox club permanently ban any supporters who attended the gatherings.
Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has condemned Rangers fans' celebrations in Glasgow and wants those supporters who broke the law handed lifetime bans from Rangers. pic.twitter.com/WQu0cfC560
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) May 17, 2021
Now ignore the fact that this is a public order issue – the posturing is akin to asking Take That to take responsibility for fans outside Hampden – the situation continues to gripe with Rangers fans.
No matter what the narrative is the overwhelming majority of bluenoses – this one included – celebrated in the manner expected and did not indulge in this thuggish behaviour.
It is reprehensible that an entire group of people – apparently in defence of another – would be apparently so subjugated like this by a leading politician and fans have had their say:
Yet not a peep from Hail Hail Humza then .. pic.twitter.com/8kn1Pc80lN
— Ted (@IBoyd1966) May 17, 2021
His hypocrisy knows no bounds! Was griffiths handed a lifetime ban after being convicted of racism?
What about the Celtic fans who hung hog tied effigies of Rangers fans from the stands? Nope?
Oh no wait, they “lost” that evidence! Surprise surprise!
— Renegade (@Renegade_uk100) May 17, 2021
Any word on the other large gatherings in glasgow just 24 hours after the Rangers ones? @HumzaYousaf
— Connor Anderson (@8ConnorAnderson) May 17, 2021
— Stephen (@HayRfc) May 17, 2021
Maybe it's the fact I have never been the Justice Minister, but I was under the impression that Police Scotland are responsible for dealing with criminal issues in George Square or anywhere else in Glasgow? 🤷🏻♂️
Why is a football club being targeted for their actions? 🤔
— Jamie Brown (@Fake_Jamie) May 17, 2021
Keep digging…. 🤡
— BBC Scotland Slayer (@Naefearrfc) May 17, 2021
Where was this condemnation when Celtic fans were rioting outside there own ground! Absolutely stinks of hypocrisy!!
— Heather 💙 (@Heather35358253) May 17, 2021
Then, shouldn't MSP's who break the law suffer the same?
— Barney Stinson (@Barney010Stinso) May 17, 2021
Humza Yousaf citing a ludicrous & easily debunked video while nudging Police Scotland is not only embarrassing. It is dangerous. Disgusting politics of the lowest order, even for him.
Stoking sectarianism for political gain.
This is the lowest Scottish Politics has ever sunk.
— HemoJax (@RedBrickz26) May 17, 2021
Don’t just tweet or get angry about Humza’s comments, make a complaint here:https://t.co/foB48gQ1OB
The Justice Secretary should not be making any form of prejudicial comments on an ongoing police investigation.
— New Livingston RSC (@NewLiviRSC) May 17, 2021
When (and I stress ‘when’) this is shown to be a fake video – which has already been the case, if you’d bothered to do your research – I fully expect you to resign for attempting to incite trouble.
Off you pop!!
— Paul (@PaulAtSeas) May 17, 2021
And when it's shown that you're promoting a badly dubbed video that's already been rubbished, you should be shown the door
— Pena_Cartel (@Pena_Cartel) May 17, 2021
I find this incredible. Scotland's Justice Minister spending his time on Twitter calling out a fake video. The saddest thing of all is that deep down, you just know he'd love it to be real. I guess you get what you vote for, but what we have here is an excuse for a politician.
— Paul T (@HamptonCaught) May 17, 2021
Having just helped to vote the SNP back in to government, I'm so so disillusioned by what feels like a continued assault on my team and our fans. None of your language recently befits a politician whose job should be uniting our country.
— Scott Caldwell (@EverLearningDad) May 17, 2021
Rangers lifted a legendary 55th title after a decade of waiting after dismantling Aberdeen 4-0 at Ibrox to ensure they went the full 38-game season unbeaten.
The Ibrox side have also now been linked to one of the Dons’ most promising players alongside another club who’ve just earned promotion to the Premier League.