No criminality in video of Rangers players after title win, police say

Rangers has said it is taking legal action against “certain individuals” after police found no criminality in a video that appeared to show players using sectarian language during their title celebrations.

The clip circulated online on Saturday after the Glasgow club was awarded the Scottish Premiership trophy for the first time since 2011.

A police statement on Friday said: “In relation to a video circulating on social media showing Rangers players allegedly using sectarian language on Saturday 15 May, extensive enquiries have been carried out and no criminality has been established.”

The video appeared online

as thousands of supporters defied Covid-19 warnings against large gatherings and massed in Glasgow city centre last Saturday after the title win.

The club’s statement said: “Rangers welcomes the outcome of the Police Scotland investigation into a video involving some of our players and staff.

“Whilst we were confident that no criminality took place, we recognised that we had a duty to assist police. Furthermore, given some of the attempts to spread false narratives, we had to protect the reputation of individuals involved.

“This is a stark reminder to those in senior positions within society who should be cognisant of their influence, responsibility and the consequences of their actions on others.”

It added: “We can confirm that we have initiated legal proceedings against certain individuals for comments made this week.”