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Old Firm told to unite to beat sectarianism

Glasgow’s Old Firm rivals have been urged to come together in a bid to “stamp out” sectarianism from Scottish football.

The call comes after footage emerged on social media showing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, 23, being subjected to such abuse in Glasgow city centre.

The video shows the Colombia international, who joined Rangers on a three-year deal in 2017, being branded a ‘wee orange b******’ by a man passing by him in a car.

Rangers recently claimed Morelos was subjected to racist abuse by Celtic fans in last month’s Old Firm clash at Parkhead. The Ibrox club said the striker was targeted after he was sent off in the closing stages of the Gers’ 2-1 victory over their local rivals.

However, Celtic refuted the allegations and claimed their own players were targeted with “sickening chants” and accused Rangers fans of throwing missiles during the Old Firm clash on Sunday 29th December.

Anti-sectarian charity Nil By Mouth has urged both clubs to come together in condemnation of such abuse.

Dave Scott, the charity’s director, described the footage showing Morelos being abused as “the latest dismal example of people completely overstepping the mark with footballers in the city”.

“They have the right to go about their lives without having to endure the sort of nonsense served out by bigoted morons who think they have some sort of right to abuse a person going about their business.

“I’d really like to see some sort of joint statement from both clubs to the effect of – ‘we are rivals on the pitch, but human beings off it’ to try and stamp out this behaviour.”

Picture: Rangers and Celtic fans during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow, on Sunday 29th December 2019. (Jeff Holmes/PA).