Graeme Souness in furious Celtic tirade as ex-Rangers boss marks club ‘unacceptable face of Scottish football’


The former Rangers boss gave his scathing assessment of his former rivals after a weekend that saw Celtic fans interrupt a minute of applause in memory of the Queen before their 2-0 defeat at St Mirren by chanting and displaying a banner that read: ‘If you hate the royal family, clap your hands’.

It followed similar scenes in Warsaw last Wednesday when Hoops fans attending the Champions League match against Shakhtar Dontesk unfurled signs reading ‘F*** the Crown’ and ‘Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan a reference to the intruder who broke into the Queen’s Bedroom at Buckingham Palace in 1982.

Souness spent five years at Ibrox as a player and manager and revealed he was the person responsible for displaying a portrait of the Queen in the home dressing room, which remains to this day.

Expressing his fury on talkSPORT, the 69-year-old slammed Celtic for failing to condemn the actions of their supporters and said the club’s reputation had been damaged “around the world” by the events of the past week.

Souness said: “Whatever I say about it people will say they expect it because I was employed by Glasgow Rangers and I’m a Rangers fan. But you try to take a little bit of hindsight and the eyes of the world were on this country in Celtic now has a major problem because if you are a big company looking to sponsor a team in Britain or Scotland would you still consider Celtic?

“Not at all. And by the silence of the Celtic decision-makers on this issue, they are making the problem worse. It’s not just a talking point in Scotland – it’s a talking point all over the world. shot in the foot in a big way It is a minority who are guilty of this but also a minority who are undermining Celtic’s brand – synonymous with being the first British team to win the European Cup, a great success and an absolute institution in Scotland – beyond belief.

“If you are a Rangers fan, these are happy days. They want the silence to continue. They (Celtic) shoot themselves in the foot. They should’ve come out a few days ago to condemn it. And for anyone who doesn’t like Celtic, the music is brilliant and wants it to go on.

Graeme Souness has strongly criticized Celtic’s lack of response to anti-monarchy protests from their fans. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

“In the eyes of the world, Celtic are now the unacceptable face of football in Scotland due to a minority of fans. The eyes of the world were on Great Britain and I must stress that they are a minority. I I have friends who are Celtic fans who condemn this, so why isn’t the club?”


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