Appalling scenes in Manchester last night as hordes of Rangers thugs ran riot, attacking police and trashing the city centre. All because their team had lost a football match? Even that is too simplistic. Quite simply, this really was a situation just waiting to happen. The trouble apparently began even before the match as morons got increasingly drunk and increasingly moronic.
Most tragic of all, an innocent Russian fan who had travelled to see his team has been stabbed and seriously injured. To be fair, Rangers in recent years have done a lot to tackle sectarianism. To be equally fair, Rangers had spent most of the previous century taking advantage of the social problems in the west of Scotland, eg through their policy of not employing Roman Catholics, to foster hatred and resentment in order to entice the dregs of society through the turnstyles. Do Rangers want the underclass of Scotland and Northern Ireland to stop buying replica shirts etc? Of course they don't. Like the Labour Party, Rangers is deeply ashamed of the sort of the people who made the institution what it is. Like the Labour Party, it still relies on them.
For years, Rangers and Celtic have aspired to join the Premier League in England. Some English commentators, who really don't know what they would be letting themselves in for, have been foolish enough to endorse this. Believe me, folks - you are better off without them.