Ange Postecoglou has spoken out about the racists abuse aimed at Kyogo Furuhashi after just three weeks in Scotland.
Ibrox fans travelling to Dingwall on Sunday sang racist songs about the Celtic striker while friends took videos and shared them on social media.
Late on Sunday night Celtic condemned the videos on Twitter with a number of media outlets running with the story.
This afternoon the Ibrox club announced that some people had been banned indefinitely and that the Supporters Club that they travelled with wouldn’t be receiving any more tickets for matches.
The supporters who have been banned weren’t named, nor was the supporters club, believed to be from East Kilbride named.
Crucially there was no apology to Kyogo for the abusive songs enjoyed by Ibrox Season Ticket holders on route to their first away match in 17 months.
To be honest, it saddens me a lot because I’m the one who’s brought him over. I spent three-and-a-half years in Japan, and I was a foreigner, and I was welcomed with open arms over there. I know how polite and respectful the Japanese people were, and I’m the one who brought Kyogo here.
I’m sure his experience is the extreme opposite of what’s been portrayed in the last 48 hours. I’ve been talking to him and he loves being here, he loves the city, he loves the way everyone’s embraced him.
But it’s not about education and people are more than well aware of what’s right and wrong – just be a decent human being and treat people with respect.
Even for myself, I’ve been lucky enough to walk around Glasgow with my family and you see all the different nationalities and different establishments – whether that’s restaurants, businesses – and it’s obvious that people have come from all over the world to make this city a great city.
I love that – that’s kind of my background. I’m an immigrant and to hear that, even if it is a minority, it shouldn’t be there and it does sadden me. Our number one priority is to protect and support the player. He’s a cracking guy.
If anyone ever comes across him, he’s such a nice young man and he doesn’t deserve any of that type of behaviour – no one does, to be honest. No one does.
CLICK HERE for the 57 word club statement on ‘the video circulating on social media’.