Celtic captain Scott Brown has said he has been heartened by responses from Rangers and Celtic fans after he was abused by a 15-year-old over the death of his sister.
The midfielder was leaving Ibrox after Celtic defeated Rangers 2-0 earlier in the month when the youngster asked him “how’s your sister?”
The reaction from Rangers fans on social media immediately afterwards was admirable, and Scott Brown has said he appreciates it.
“The fans from both sides have been phenomenal,” said Brown, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But it’s not just the one incident. It’s happened over the past 12 years of my career.
“It’s hard and it’s sad but it’s there. It shouldn’t be happening.
“I play football to win and in the 90 minutes, you can shout and swear as much as you want when I’m on the park.
“But do not go into detail off the park like that. For me that’s it finished with – it’s about me focusing on playing football and continuing to win games.”
Brown also described an email apology from Rangers as “lovely” as he spoke publicly about the incident for the first time.
Banter and aggression at football matches is one thing but dragging things down to that level off the pitch does Scottish football, Rangers and the boy himself no favours.
It was a nice touch from Brown to recognise the supporters and the club after speaking out about the incident and now a line will be drawn under it.