Ex-Rangers star and professional wind-up merchant claims “karma” behind Celtic star abuse
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Ex-Rangers star claims under-fire Leigh Griffiths is experiencing Ibrox “karma”

Ahead of Rangers’ visit to Dundee, the inevitable abuse of Celtic loanee Leigh Griffiths was as predictable as the complaints in the aftermath.

The polarising striker certainly hasn’t made many friends in Scottish football in a career defined by winding up rival fans and – eventually – wasted talent.

Leigh Griffiths was the subject of much singing and chanting from Rangers fans at Dens Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Over the years Celtic have had plenty of goalscorers who’ve earned respect from Rangers fans for their decorum and humility. Griffiths is no such player.


For someone who twisted the screw during the Ibrox club’s years in the doldrums, the word karma is a fitting one within the context of football culture in Scotland.

Griffiths was lambasted by the Gers support in the 1-0 win over Dundee and lasted only 35 minutes as the travelling Rangers fans refused to let up.

Not only is Griffiths the target of just about every club’s fans as of late – almost as much as St Johnstone fans appeared to be the target of a rogue flare – but the player’s clash with Rangers fans is not only more prominent, but probably more newsworthy.

Griffiths has a rap sheet which is deserving of its own scrutiny but keeping Rangers-centric, the striker’s scarf-tying, nose wiping, flag waving antics haven’t exactly endeared him to the Ibrox faithful.

For ex-Gers striker Kris Boyd – regularly berated by Celtic fans for smugly smiling last season – that word karma is extremely relevant in the case of Griffiths with Gers fans having long memories.

“Karma has a way of catching up with people,” writes Boyd for the Scottish Sun.

“Leigh Griffiths is about to find that out the hard way at Dens Park.

“He was laughing when he tied that Celtic scarf to one of the goalposts at Ibrox a few seasons back.

“Grinning from ear to ear during an Old Firm game the day he waved his Irish tricolour from the Broomloan Road Stand.

“When he wiped his nose on a Rangers corner flag he thought he was being clever.

Kris Boyd claims Griffiths is experiencing “karma” for winding up the Rangers support over the years. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Well, let’s see how smart he is when Rangers supporters tell him what they think of him.

“Griffiths is about to get bombarded with 90 minutes of relentless abuse and if he’s got a brain in that head of his he better be prepared to take it.”

There’s certainly no love lost between the Rangers support and Griffiths and we suspect that the Ibrox fans won’t let up next time they meet either.

Rangers would eventually stumble to a 1-0 win over Dundee to earn an important three points with Gers fans taking satisfaction from the meltdown over a refereeing decision.

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