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Rangers fans abuse Celtic players at Airport

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Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths was the target of abuse from Rangers fans at Glasgow Airport as the Scottish champions flew out to Norway for their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.

As Griffiths and captain Scott Brown were sorting out their luggage at the check in desk, in full view of families who were posing for photos and autographs, Rangers fans in the background began hurling abuse and ‘paedo’ jibes at the duo.

The Celtic striker responded with ‘Your club is dead, mate’ in reference to the liquidation of Rangers Football Club in 2012.


In the aftermath of the incident, manager Brendan Rodgers wants the club to revise their travel arrangements.

Rodgers said: “Incident or no incident, it’s something we can look at that allows us to travel safely. The club knows my feeling on our travel and the organisation with that.

“That’s something that’s internal for us and, with the help of Glasgow Airport, we can maybe get something more suitable.

“Any team in any airport in the world, if you’re going from the first entrance of the airport right the way through to the room where you have to pass every element in the airport, every restaurant, every bar in a busy period, of course there’s always a risk.

“If there was an incident, it’s certainly not something that we would want and not something that a team or anybody else should have to go through.”


  1. Will Police Scotland investigate this hate crime against a Celtic player in the middle of a very busy airport? Do not hold your breath!

    • So you think it is okay for your fellow fans to shout ‘paedo’ at players in an airport where there are numerous kids around looking for autographs and photos with them?

      The incidents in Sunderland are an entirely different issue altogether and have no bearing on this incident at all.

    • The Linfield incident, as well as his past comments, do not give anyone let alone a couple of neanderthals the right to shout such things and then probably boast about it to their mates later.

      Celtic players were targeted as soon as they had scored by Linfield fans. It wasn’t simply down to Griffiths holding up five fingers and one on the other. And if you are so upset with a guy holding up fingers of another club’s defeat – does that excuse throwing numerous bottles and risking serious injury or worse?

      Seems by your comment that you think he deserved to be targeted.

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