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MSP accused of inciting sectarianism over pro-Rangers tweet

A Conservative MSP has been accused of inciting sectarianism after he posted a controversial tweet referring to Glasgow Rangers and teams in green kits.

Adam Tomkins, MSP for Glasgow and a law professor at the University of Glasgow, recently celebrated Rangers’ 6-1 victory over Hibernian with a tweet stating: ‘Great to be back at Ibrox today. Always good to see a team wearing green thumped 6-1.’

However, his tweet was met with fury as both Rangers and Celtic fans accused him of ‘fanning the flames of sectarianism’ and suggested that the term ‘team wearing green’ refers to clubs with an Irish Catholic heritage, such as Celtic and Hibs.

One wrote: ‘You know very well the green teams have a mostly Irish Catholic heritage. I’m a Rangers fan, you’re gaslighting sectarianism. Take your bigotry back to where you came from. Scotland doesn’t want it. Disgusting. Resign.’

Another added: ‘Everything I hate about Scotland, in one tweet. You represent the cancer of this great nation.’

However, others were quick to defend Mr Tomkins, saying his tweet was nothing more than football rivalry and banter and to imply otherwise is ‘nonsense’.

One wrote: I’m no fan of @ProfTomkins in the slightest but surely friendly football rivalry is allowed. I’m a Gers fan and can’t stand Celtic BUT only because they are our greatest rivals, nothing to do with religion or anything. Just football!! I respect the players and their managers.’

Another tweeted: ‘The comments in here are insane. An interesting insight into the minds of the ideology possessed. Green = Catholics = anti-Catholic = bigotry = bigotry bad = phone the police.’

However, one person responded: ‘What did he mean then? Since they were playing Hibs, and the other team that plays in green is Celtic, what do they have in common apart from Ireland?’

This weekend’s Scottish League Cup second round fixtures:

Friday 16th August

Motherwell v Heart of Midlothian – 7:45pm

Saturday 17th August

Celtic v Dunfermline – 3:00pm
Forfar Athletic v Livingston – 3:00pm
Hibernian v Greenock Morton – 3:00pm
Kilmarnock v Hamilton Academical – 3:00pm
Partick Thistle v Ross County – 3:00pm

Sunday 18th August

Dundee v Aberdeen – 3:00pm
East Fife v Rangers – 3:00pm

This weekend’s Premier League fixtures:

Saturday 17th August

Arsenal v Burnley – 12:30pm
Aston Villa v AFC Bournemouth – 3:00pm
Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United – 3:00pm
Everton v Watford – 3:00pm
Norwich City v Newcastle United – 3:00pm
Southampton v Liverpool – 3:00pm
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur – 5:30pm

Sunday 18th August

Sheffield United v Crystal Palace – 2:00pm
Chelsea v Leicester City – 4:30pm

Sunday 19th August

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United – 8:00pm

Picture: Rangers Jermain Defoe (left) and Hibernian’s Darren McGregor during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow on Sunday 11th August. (Ian Rutherford/PA).