Rangers striker Michael O’Halloran has been the target of vile sectarian abuse after he was photographed visiting a Catholic church, from his own fans.
The former St.Johnstone player visited the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church on Monday to speak to young people about growing up while going to a Catholic school. An image was shared on the church’s facebook page of O’Halloran, parish priest Rev Fr James Anthony Grant and two young men.
The church wrote: “Delighted to have Rangers Striker Michael O’Halloran join us today in Holy Family to talk about his time at Catholic school.”
However, the post drew shocking and vile comments across social media from Rangers supporters.
One Twitter user wrote: “So Michael O’Halloran had a nice wee scummy t***y pape day oot. That’s nice. Fenian b******.”
Another blasted: “Always knew he was a fenian mhanky b****** probably fiddled way bheast.”
A plethora of similar comments were made on both Twitter and Facebook.
O’Halloran was a product of the Celtic youth academy, before moving to Bolton in 2007, He went on loan to Sheffield United, Tranmere Rovers and Carlisle before signing for St.Johnstone on a free transfer in 2014.
The 27 year old would go on to make 90 appearances for the McDiarmid Park side, scoring 16 times. The Ibrox side signed him in February 2016 for £500,000, but after making 38 appearances for Rangers and scoring three times he was deemed surplus to requirements by then-manager Pedro Caixinha and was farmed out on loan to St.Johnstone for the first half of this season – playing 17 times and scoring just five times.
O’Halloran returned to Rangers for the second half of the season but played just once, coming on as an 89th minute substitute for Daniel Candeias in the 2-1 win over Hearts in April.
The former Scotland Under 21 international is contracted to Rangers until 2020.
The Scottish Parliament recently scraped the controversial Offensive Behaviour at Football Act in March this year, which was put into law to tackle sectarianism, racism and other offensive behaviour.