Rangers say 'f*** the Pope' video not 'genuine' as club blasts attempt to discredit players in 'trial by social media'

RANGERS insist a 'sectarian' clip being widely shared on social media is not genuine – as they blast attempts to discredit their players with "trial by social media".

Light Blues players are being probed by cops over a video apparently showing them using "sectarian language" during their league title win party.

The video, which is understood to have been filmed on Saturday, emerged on social media and has been shared hundreds of times.

Police confirmed an investigation has been launched into the clip which appears to show squad members chant "f**k the Pope" while singing Sweet Caroline.

However, the Light Blues say they look forward to working with Police Scotland over the matter, as they highlighted the "dangers" of social media narratives.

Denying criminality, a club spokesperson said: "We are aware of a video circulating on social media.

"It is evident that this video was shared with an adjoining narrative which attempts to discredit our players and the reputation of Rangers Football Club. This highlights the dangers of ‘trial by social media.’

"It is deeply concerning that this video has been taken as genuine and has been shared widely including by some political representatives who should be mindful of their influence and legal processes.

"Our squad is richly diverse. Sectarianism is unacceptable and has no place in our club which is underlined by our Everyone Anyone campaign.

"We are confident that no criminality took place, we have sought legal advice and look forward to cooperating with Police Scotland."

Humza Yousaf believes any Rangers player found to have chanted "f**k the Pope" should be "shown the door."

The Justice Secretary stressed that there remains a big doubt over whether the slur was actually used, but insists if the probe finds that it was then any player involved should be booted out the club.

He said: "I have also been made aware of this clip, if (and I stress if) this clip is genuine then any player or staff member found to be guilty of anti-Catholic hatred should be shown the door by the Club.

"It is right Police Scot investigate & determine the facts around it."

GERS PROBE Rangers players probed by cops over ‘sectarian’ video appearing to show ‘f*** the pope’ chant

In a statement, Police Scotland said: "We are aware of a video circulating on social media apparently showing Rangers players using sectarian language while celebrating on Saturday.

"We are assessing its contents and will liaise with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service as part of our enquiries."

We told how police chiefs and politicians blasted Rangers yobs after the league title win party rampage in Glasgow.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon took aim at "selfish, bigoted" fans for their "violence and vile anti-Catholic prejudice" during the lockdown-flouting celebrations.

Police arrested 28 people and five officers were injured during the shameful scenes.

Rangers themselves condemned the violence as fans attacked cops and each other during the chaotic city centre rampage.

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