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Rangers fans taunt Celtic players with abuse and ‘paedo’ shouts as they step off team bus

Rangers fans decided to taunt Celtic players with sickening abuse and ‘paedo’ shouts as they step off the team bus before the derby.

Hoops players arrived in the south side of the city of Glasgow for Saturday’s crunch meeting with their rivals, before losing 1-0 with a Callum McGregor own goal.

Celtic footballers were met with disgusting abuse from a small number of Rangers fans as they walked through the doors of Ibrox stadium.

As one player walked along Edmiston Drive with a police escort, a group of yobs could be heard shouting “gunge that paedo” and “f***ing paedo c***” as well as “pape c***”.

Video footage has gone viral with the caption “fenian c***” before the next clip captured Celtic players walking off the team bus.

The same group can be heard shouting “fenian b******s” .

Rangers move a colossal 19 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table although second-placed Celtic still have three games in hand.

The hosts will feel angry however at see Rangers fans taunt Celtic players before the game, especially as they break the lockdown rules.

A moment of madness from the red-carded Nir Bitton was quickly followed by a Callum McGregor own goal as the visitors paid for not making their first-half pressure count.

Three derby wins on the trot for Steven Gerrard’s side. Is the title race over on the 2nd of January?

Tom English, BBC Scotland’s chief sports writer on Sportsound, said: “Itโ€™s not over, but 19 points… I canโ€™t see Celtic clawing it back. This was a massive day in terms of the destination of the title and Rangers have got the job done.

Player ratings

Rangers: McGregor (8), Tavernier (7), Goldson (7), Balogun (7), Barisic (7), Aribo (6), Davis (6), Kamara (6), Roofe (6), Morelos (6), Kent (7).

Subs: Hagi (6), Itten (6), Zungu (n/a), Barker (n/a).

Celtic: Barkas (6), Frimpong (7), Bitton (4), Ajer (7), Laxalt (8), Soro (6), Christie (7), Turnbull (6), McGregor (7), Griffiths (6), Edouard (6).

Subs: Duffy (4), Brown (6), Rogic (n/a), Elyounoussi (6), Elhamed (6).

Man of the match: Allan McGregor.

Allan McGregor said after the game: “Hopefully in five months’ time it will be a huge win. I thought we were really, really poor in the first half and the 15 minutes before the sending off occurred.

“We were a wee bit better after that but the win is the most important thing. I’ve no idea why but they looked hungrier first half but we managed to get the win.

“I wasn’t annoyed at having to be so busy. It’s part and parcel of the game, you need to focus and be ready for anything that is thrown at you.

“But I was annoyed at how bad we were. I keep repeating myself, the win is the most important thing.

“The boys dug it out well. If you go back to Walter’s (Smith) era, he was really good at that but that comes from the players and the messages the manager gives to us to carry out.”

Before the game, wreaths were laid as the football family paid its respects to the 66 victims of the Ibrox disaster.

The Ibrox side were unable to proceed with their plans for a formal memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1971 tragedy due to the Covid pandemic.

John Greig, who captained Rangers that day, and Celtic chairman Ian Bankier were still able to continue with the tradition where directors of both clubs put wreaths outside the ground.

Supporters were urged NOT to gather for the occasion – however there were still a number of tributes left at the gates of the stadium – with one at the front bearing the letters ‘LFC’ in a reminder of the connection between the incident and the Hillsborough disaster.

Rangers released a video onto their social media channels on Saturday morning, with current players and staff reading out the names of all 66 of the victims one-by-one.

Rangers said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that the Covid-19 pandemic has prevented us from being able to hold a full, traditional service to commemorate the anniversary.”

Chairman Douglas Park said: “There is a date which resonates with every Rangers fan, 2nd of January 1971.

“While at this time of year we commemorate our absent friends, the truth is the 66 are never far from our thoughts.”

Celtic fans attached a banner in tribute to the dead on the ring of steel outside Parkhead.

A banner read: “Ibrox disaster 1971 – We remember and pray for the victims and their families.”

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