Scotland’s health secretary, Humza Yousaf, saying he was “disgusted” by the anti-Irish racism on show following Sunday’s Old Firm game between Rangers and Celtic.
Police Scotland its expects a “number of arrests” to be made following “unacceptable” ‘anti-Irish Catholic‘ singing in Glasgow.
Footage on social media showed Rangers fans marching through the city centre attended by police on Sunday while chanting an anti-Irish song referring to the Famine.
Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said: “We did not facilitate this event and to say so is inaccurate.
“Officers on patrol came across this group as it was making its way through Glasgow city centre.
“Due to the numbers and to ensure public and officer safety, additional officers were called to assist and, at this point, individuals’ details were noted and the group dispersed.
“A retrospective investigation into this anti-Irish Catholic singing has been launched.”
Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins has issued the following statement on anti-Irish Catholic singing by a group in Glasgow City Centre on Sunday, 29 August:
— Police Scotland (@policescotland) August 30, 2021
Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie also condemned the scenes.
Glasgow Labour MSP Pam Duncan-Glancy tweeted….
Not sharing the video because it’s vile and I’m not platforming it, but just to say; racists have no place in Glasgow, Scotland or the world. Absolutely disgusted at the behaviour displayed yesterday.
— Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP (@GlasgowPam) August 30, 2021
Pressure group Call It Out, which campaigns against anti-Catholic bigotry and anti-Irish racism in Scotland, called on the Scottish government and Glasgow City Council to take action and to “start by recognising our community”.
"Why are the police giving them an escort?!"
Well, my pals, the police traditionally give weekly escorts to hundreds, sometimes thousands, of Orange Order marchers and supporters as they openly display racism & anti-Catholicism.
— Captain Haggerty (@AngelaHaggerty) August 30, 2021
The incident happened after Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 at Ibrox.