Rangers fans have praised ex-striker Kris Boyd for the way he stood up to unacceptable sectarian abuse ahead of the televised Sky Sports clash between Celtic and Dundee United.
Boyd, 38, has firmly gotten under the skin of Celtic supporters in recent seasons as his pro-Rangers gloating and broadcasting wind ups send the Parkhead club’s supporters into repeated meltdowns.
Kris Boyd living rent free in their heads 🤭😂 pic.twitter.com/IavDui7KnS
— Ainsley (@DeansAinsley) December 5, 2021
But there can be absolutely no doubt that plenty of the travelling Celtic support shamed themselves and their club by dishing out loud and clearly audible sectarian abuse towards Kris Boyd on Sky Sports.
Sky Sports apologised for the incident and it has been labelled sectarian by the Glasgow Times.
The ex-Kilmarnock striker makes no bones about being a bluenose but the travelling support could be heard chanting “you’re just a fat orange b” in his direction.
Used to this level of abuse by now, Boyd joked that the Celtic support appear to sing about him more now than they ever did when he was a player at Ibrox.
“It is nice to see my supporters club are in today. I am really enjoying it,” said Boyd.
“I am causing them more problems right now than when I played!
“They never used to sing about me when I played against them.
Later Boyd called out the abuse but played it down:
“By the way am I orange? I thought I was blue today. Awk it’s a bit of banter at the football I don’t mind it, if you give it out you’ve got to take it back.”
Rangers hero Kris Boyd stands up to unacceptable abuse
Whilst Kris Boyd deserves credit for brushing this off, those Celtic fans involved deserved to be called out for the chanting.
It’s backwards stuff and both sides of the Old Firm divide need to take an increased level of responsibility in stamping this out of their respective supporter groups.
Rangers fans chanting about Tommy Burns last week deserved the scrutiny they received and likewise, those involved in these disgraceful chants at Celtic deserve to draw the same criticism.
Banter is one thing but this crosses different lines and it’s the second time in a few days this has happened amongst Celtic supporters, the scenes against Hearts also the subject of much debate.
Rangers fans are harangued when pockets misbehave in this regard; in order for the credibility of messaging to hold up to any scrutiny, the same must occur when the reverse happens.
Ex-Rangers star Kris Boyd lands one on Celtic fans with Kyogo Furuhashi clip
Ex-Rangers Kris Boyd also summed up exactly why he seems to get under the skin of the Celtic support too as he quipped about Kyogo Furuhashi’s diving.
The Japanese international is developing a reputation as a dramatic diver and by proxy a cheat as he was involved in yet another incident with Rangers-linked John Souttar against Hearts.
Ex-Scotland international striker Kris Boyd joked that he was surprised to see that Kyogo had pulled through for the match.
“I’m surprised Kyogo made it today. He took another serious one during the week”
— 𝚁𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛55𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚜 (@Ranger55pares) December 5, 2021
“I am surprised Kyogo has recovered as well because I saw he took a serious one during the week as well,” said Boyd.
Rangers fans have saluted the striker for his response to the abuse and applauded him for standing up to it in his usually mischievous way:
Kris Boyd’s got the whole of Scottish football on strings
— Smudger (@calsmith21) December 5, 2021
Kris Boyd is my hero
— Brandon 🇬🇧🇳🇱 (@brandonbiscuitx) December 5, 2021
Sky Sports were forced to apologise during pre-match coverage of their match between Dundee United and Celtic after Kris Boyd was targeted with sectarian abuse.
Boyd laughed off the chants: "I am causing them more problems right now than when I played!" pic.twitter.com/IOV42AUV3T
— Rangers FC & Linfield FC (@bluesbrothers86) December 5, 2021
Boyd refusing to play the victim and says it's just banter, which is fair enough, but it simply doesn't happen the other way round.
— Tags (@tagsbo) December 5, 2021
“Apologies if you can pick up any bad language”
No, it’s sectarian abuse. Boyd shrugs it off and refuses to play the victim. But at the end of the day, it is what it is, and it’s not acceptable 🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/w9BD2lUdFn
— Greig (@GreigC22) December 5, 2021
“I cost them more problems now than what I did when I was a player”
SPL all time leading goal scorer
Kris Boyd 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/bhE6f4JKen
— S A Y E R S Y (@sayersy1872) December 5, 2021
Meanwhile, one player who took to the pitch for Dundee United in their 3-0 defeat to Celtic has claimed Rangers are making enquiries with regards his future.