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Celtic FC won't be dragged into "tit for tat spat" after hanging effigies spotted at Rangers clash

Pictures of the dolls at Celtic Park caused shock on World Suicide Prevention Day.

Sectarian slogans were also unveiled during the match.
Sectarian slogans were also unveiled during the match.
Image: Jeff Holmes

CELTIC FC HAVE said they will not become involved in a “tit for tat spat” after pictures emerged of sex dolls wearing Rangers scarfs hanging from the club’s stands at the weekend.

On Saturday, the fierce Glasgow rivals played against each other for the first time in the Scottish Premiership since 2012.

Celtic won the match 5-1 but off-field disturbances at Celtic Park have led to an investigation by Police Scotland.

Toilets were trashed in the away section of Celtic’s stadium and an arrest was made of one man for alcohol related offences. Photographs showed that toilet doors had been torn off their hinges and part of the ceiling was destroyed.

During the game, two sex dolls with their hands tied behind their back were hung from the stands by their necks. Images circulated of the incident caused particular shock with the match being played on World Suicide Prevention Day.

There have been suggestions that the effigies were meant to represent the Glasgow Rangers Football Club that went into liquidation in 2012. 

Asked about the incident and whether an investigation was being carried out, a spokesperson for Celtic FC said that the match was a “fantastic event”.

“Celtic will not become involved in a tit for tat spat regarding all events at Celtic Park on Saturday,” the club said in a statement.

“We will deal with all issues arising in a proper and professional manner in line with our well established policies.”

Saturday was a fantastic event for the club and our fans worldwide. We thank the overwhelming majority of our supporters for the positive backing they gave to the team and for making this such a great occasion.

Herald Scotland reported last night that police said that the vast majority of supporters behaved appropriately on Saturday but that the actions of a minority were “hugely disappointing”.

Rangers FC are reported to have said that the hanging of the effigies was a ”disgraceful and sickening” act.

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