Rangers 1-2 Celtic: Police Scotland investigate after glass bottle on pitch

Manager Ange Postecoglou condemned “a couple of idiots” after a member of Celtic’s staff was hit by a glass bottle thrown from the stands at Ibrox.

The individual needed stitches in a head wound after the incident, which happened at the end of the first half.

Police Scotland are investigating that and another incident which delayed the start of the second half.

Ground staff had to remove shards from a broken glass bottle in Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart’s penalty area.

Celtic came from behind to win the game 2-1 and move six points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Aaron Ramsey and Tom Rogic traded goals in a frantic opening seven minutes, before Cameron Carter-Vickers scored what proved to be the winner just before the break.

Celtic confirmed the staff member “required urgent medical treatment” and Postecoglou criticised those involved.

"It is disappointing because this is a fixture that gets beamed around the world. Two teams going at it, first and second spot. You don't need a couple of idiots ruining it. I don't know what people are trying to achieve by doing that.

Celtic Manager Ange Postecoglou

“Sitting here now as the winning coach, that kind of taints my view of it, but I thought anybody watching that would agree it was a good game of football.”

Rangers counterpart Giovanni van Bronckhorst added “it’s never good the game has to be stopped” and that “safety is first”.

The SPFL – under whose jurisdiction crowd behaviour falls – will await the match delegate’s report before making comment.

 

‘It’s hard to get your head around’ – analysis

BBC Scotland chief sports writer Tom English

 

It is disgusting. It’s brainless. It’s hard to get your head around. Because it’s not just Joe Hart and the Celtic defenders who are put at risk there, the Rangers attackers are going to be in that penalty box too.

I hope they have footage of it because they’ve got security cameras all over Ibrox so let’s see if they can find who did that and get rid of them for good because that’s really despicable stuff.

Original article published 03.04..2022 on The BBC Sport website.

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