CELTIC blasted “pathetic racist behavior” after a group of Rangers fans were caught on camera chanting forward Kyogo Furuhashi.
A sickening clip has emerged of Gers fans, who are reportedly on a bus to Dingwall for their team’s clash with Ross County, singing vile tunes on the Japan international.
Rangers have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the footage and are trying to identify those involved.
And their city rivals have now released a strong statement on the video – insisting they support Kyogo.
The statement, posted on Twitter, said: “If the reports are correct, then such disgusting and pathetic racist behavior directed against Kyogo Furuhashi deserves outright condemnation.
“Unfortunately, a number of Celtic players in recent years have suffered similar racist abuse.
“As an inclusive club, we are firmly opposed to racism in all its forms and we will give our full support to Kyogo.
“All stakeholders must work together to combat all forms of sectarianism. “
The Hoops then posted a photo of the forward, saying, “We have Kyogo doing his thing,” with the hashtag #NoToRacism.
The shocking footage, originally filmed on Snapchat, was shared widely on Twitter yesterday afternoon.
Some of the supporters involved followed the vile chant about the Japanese striker from the Hoops with a racist gesture.
The video, which we chose not to show, also includes clips of Gers fans mocking child sexual abuse while singing about the Celtic Boys Club scandal.
The racist thugs involved risk being punished by the club, after being criticized by Rangers officials.
The Gers’ current diversity campaign, Everyone, specifies that inclusion, friendliness and zero tolerance for discrimination are part of the club’s core values.
An Ibrox spokesperson said: “The Rangers condemn all forms of racism and discrimination.
“Those who engage in such behavior are not representative of our club or the staunch support that has supported us through thick and thin.
“We are currently investigating to identify those involved.”
A spokesperson for Show Racism the Red Card said: “We encourage supporters to report this to the club and members of the public to report it to Police Scotland, but please refrain from sharing this content on social media.
“Hate crimes targeting Asians and South East Asians in Scotland have increased by more than 50% since COVID-19.
“The widespread sharing of language and gestures used can be deeply traumatic for those who have experienced this kind of abuse.
“The SRtRC wishes to work with young Scots on an educational program, using the power of football to recognize Asian hatred in society and online, exploring how to safely challenge and report discrimination, and how to support victims of racism.
“Education is the key, but our charity needs more support. “
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