John Swinney slams Rangers' silence over Glasgow celebrations

Mon 08 March 2021 | 17:02

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has said the "silence from Rangers was deafening" as supporters breached coronavirus restrictions in Glasgow.

The Deputy said the club is to blame and they should have done more to avoid mass celebrations.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing on Monday,

Mr. Swinney

branded the behavior of some Rangers fans “an absolute disgrace” and praised those who celebrated at home.

He said:

“To see so many people deliberately flouting (coronavirus) rules with no regard for the safety of others is shameful.

“Events like yesterday risk spreading the virus and they show no regard or respect at all for the millions of households across Scotland who have been sticking to the rules, who haven’t been able to meet up with friends and families to fully celebrate birthdays and other milestones or, in some cases, to attend funeral services of their loved ones.

“The Government and Police Scotland reminded Rangers of the need for the club to advise fans to adhere to the current restrictions in discussions on February 26 and March 5.

“The Scottish Government will be making our extreme disappointment at the lack of leadership clear to the team management.”

He said Rangers had a “duty” to tell fans not to gather and messages from them on Sunday could have helped disperse the crowds, adding

: “The silence from Rangers was deafening.”

source: SportMob