First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has once again targeted Rangers fans over accusations of ‘anti-Catholic racism’ while bringing attention to ‘carnage’ but failing to enforce the same criticism of 20,000 Scotland fans who violated every rule under the sun in travelling to Wembley.
The First Minister, who repeatedly preaches how she’s not against one side or the other, has an immaculate habit of always using incendiary language when discussing Rangers, but fails to do likewise with either Celtic or Scotland fans, or indeed, any other football fans at all.
Discussing ‘anti-Catholic racism’ but failing to acknowledge the faked tape designed to incriminate the innocent, Sturgon clearly wasn’t interested in the fact, only the best political moves she could make.
On the Scotland 20K to Wembley, the rhetoric was just that ‘we can’t physically stop’ 20,000 fans, whereas Rangers got accused of a disgraceful lack of leadership over the George Square gathering of lesser numbers. And now the FM is using yet more provocative language to refer to Rangers’ fans while being infinitely more gentle on the giant violation of an extra 18K Tartan Army fans travelling south.
There was also no mention of the damage to George Square as a result of the gathering of hundreds of Tartan Army fans on the evening of the England match, but plenty of focus on what Rangers fans did.
The FM, properly held to account today on this topic by a journo brave enough to ask the question (and likely now to be cast out of their profession we’d wager), has been infinitely inconsistent along with her party in the way she deals with Rangers compared with everyone else.
The aggression in tone and wording from her and her cohorts on our club compared with the softly softly approach on every other group is clear and patent for all to see.
But that’s just the way it seems to be around these parts.