Rangers say player video with alleged sectarian terms has "adjoining narrative"

Rangers have said a video allegedly showing players using sectarian language has an “adjoining narrative”.

The Scottish Premiership champions came under fire as a Tiktok video emerged of the squad singing Neil Diamond’s hit song “Sweet Caroline” following their 4-0 win over Aberdeen which confirmed an Invincible campaign.

But one line of the song was apparently heard as “f*** the Pope”, with Police carrying out an investigation.

And the Ibrox side have now responded to the emergence of the video, slamming the addition of the language which has sparked a furious reaction.

A statement on the club website reads: “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.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson 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."

While the country’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf, calling for strict action to be taken by the Scottish Premiership champions.

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  • He wrote on Twitter: “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."

    Thousands of Rangers fans gathered in Glasgow city centre to celebrate the win, despite Scotland’s Covid-19 lockdown measures still being in place.

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