Date: 13th September 2017 at 6:10pm
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On the 29th of April this year as Celtic celebrated scoring at Ibrox one of the home supporters decided to take advantage of slack stewarding to attack Scott Brown.

As he ambled down the passageway there was barley a steward or policeman to be found the full length of the Sandy Jardine stand.

It required the intervention of referee John Beaton, James Tavernier and Leigh Griffiths to prevent the incident escalating.

After the match a nameless comment was passed to the Press Association condemning the racial abuse of Scott Sinclair who had scored the goal.

No comment was made about the pitch invader by the club or the battery and other missiles that were thrown at Celtic players as they won 5-1 at Ibrox.

Likewise the SFA and SPFL said nothing. Not a comment or report far less an investigation or a charge against the club.

Were they guilty of cutting costs on safety and security?

Last night a similar incident occurred during Celtic’s Champions League tie with Paris Saint Germain.

Belatedly a couple of stewards arrived on the scene as the invader was removed from the pitch.

This morning within 14 hours of the incident Celtic have been charged by UEFA.

They will have to produce a detailed report explaining the incident and what measures will be taken to reduce the chances of a repeat.

The stewards will have a few questions to answer, the invader came from an area where the front rows are left empty to highlight advertising boards.

Celtic will take full responsibility and the fine which could be up-to 20,000 euros which will concentrate a few minds on security matters.

As he pats himself on the back explaining how wonderful the SFA is perhaps Stewart Regan may get round to dealing with safety issues.

If there is a constant flow of police officers walking along in front of the Sandy Jardine stand at the next home match, against Celtic on September 23 perhaps a little message might filter through.