Kilmarnock lost 5-0 t0 Rangers in the Scottish Cup replay at Ibrox on Wednesday night. But the game was overshadowed by comments made after the game by Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke.
The Killie boss was furious at what he believed was sectarian abuse given to him by the crowd at Ibrox.
“I wake up every morning and thank Chelsea for taking me away from the west of Scotland because my children don’t understand this” he told BBC Sport.
“Thankfully when I go down there my children don’t have to worry about this. It’s lovely being back in the west of Scotland.”
Rangers responded to Clarke’s comments by releasing a statement early on Thursday claiming that they will ‘eradicate’ sectarian behaviour at Ibrox.
Rangers statement following Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke’s comments about sectarian abuse at Ibrox: “Rangers wishes to make it clear unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated at Ibrox. Everything will be done to eradicate this kind of behaviour.” pic.twitter.com/WWYZukXF6t
— Chris McLaughlin (@BBCchrismclaug) February 21, 2019
It is the second such incident involving Kilmarnock in a week, after Kris Boyd was targeted by Celtic fans.
It will be interesting to see how Clarke responds to this. He left Scotland in 1987 to sign for Chelsea. But it seems like not much has changed in the 30 years he was away.
Sectarianism still seems to be a problem and Scottish football, and Kilmarnock will be hoping that it doesn’t lead to Clarke deciding to leave the club.
He is arguably the best Kilmarnock manager in years, and they will be hoping to hang on to him.