48,000 Rangers fans ‘to be arrested’ for hate…

48,000 Rangers fans ‘to be arrested’ for hate…
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Rangers fans look on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Something mildly off-topic in this one, but which pertains indirectly to Sunday, is the ridiculous new hate laws in Scotland which Rangers legend Ally McCoist has already ‘fallen foul’ of.

The nonsense behind this is trying to shut down on hate crime, by changing the grounds of what constitutes hate, and criminalising certain opinions, if persistently delivered.

Now, let’s be clear – if it wasn’t for some admittedly very unpleasant graffiti outside his home aimed at the First Minister, this law wouldn’t even be a thing. The man is a perennial snowflake victim, the type who will reply in the comments looking for something to be offended by and spewing outrage over the audacity.

This is the guy who was appalled at people laughing at him for falling so ridiculously on a scooter, called them out as a disgrace, and was of course then outed for laughing at Rangers-supporting referee Douglas Ross who fell badly on the pitch.

When it comes to hypocrites, he’s among the best.

But on Sunday, we’d love to see how 48,000 Rangers fans are going to be jailed for hating Celtic fans.

Because make no mistake – every fan at Ibrox this weekend will be spouting persistent hate at the visiting side and their fanbase, albeit that fanbase won’t be there.

As Ally said, exactly how do you enforce that law?

And word is the Scottish football authorities are lost as well – this stupid, ill-conceived immature law cannot be enforced, despite the fact that quite publicly at football matches persistent hate is being peddled on a weekly basis.

It was simply brought in as ‘action’ against that graffiti – now we’re also clear, Yousaf is an Asian and a lot of the abuse he gets is based on his race, and that will be the tone of much of what slurs are hurled his way.

We have no endorsement of that, and it’s as unacceptable towards Yousaf as it was to our ex-player Glen Kamara.

But Yousaf is also absolutely terrible at his job, with nonsense like this attracting so much of the hate he gets – and if you’re going to be a high-profile politician, heat comes with the territory.

But yes, we would love to see all the arrests at Ibrox of the entire stadium because fans kept singing naughty songs about their east city rivals.

It’s dimwitted and unenforceable.

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