Thursday 17 October 2019

Celtic fans blast 'clowns' after 'absolutely vile' IRA death song aimed at Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers won seven trophies during his time in charge of Celtic (Jeff Holmes/PA)
Brendan Rodgers won seven trophies during his time in charge of Celtic (Jeff Holmes/PA) Newsdesk Newsdesk

Brendan Rodgers was the subject of a vicious IRA chant in a video that has emerged online.

The Carnlough man left Celtic earlier this week to take up the reins at Premier League side Leicester City.

The move has been greeted with disappointment and anger from large sections of the Hoops' fan-base

However, the video that sees a small group of people singing the words 'I hope you die in your sleep Brendan Rodgers from a bullet from the IRA' has been roundly comdemned by supporters on social-media.

"As a Celtic fan these guys are embarrassing," replied one Facebook user while another branded the video an 'absolute disgrace', saying those caught singing the words are 'no true Celtic fans '.

"Like most Celtic fans, the way he left is what’s annoyed us but these boys are clowns for singing this," said another while the singing was also described as 'absolutely vile'.

The footage is alleged to have been taken ahead of Celtic's 2-1 win over Hearts in Edinburgh on Wednesday evening - the first game of the post-Rodgers era.

Police Scotland are now investigating reports of sectarian singing at Tynecastle, as well as a coin-throwing incident from the Celtic support. Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal  was almost struck by the object.

Police have not confirmed in which area of the stadium the singing was reported.

"Anyone with any relevant information in relation to these incidents should contact police immediately," read a police statement.

The incidents follow in the same month that Kris Boyd criticised Celtic fans after he was struck with a coin during Kilmarnock's late defeat by the Scottish champions.

Elsewhere, Killie boss Steve Clarke accused the Rangers support of living in the Dark Ages as chants of "sad Fenian b*****d" echoed around Ibrox on his side's visit.

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