Celtic news: Green Brigade ‘ultras’ group hit out over firecracker incident at St Mirren as police and Scottish Premiership side announce investigation


Celtic news: Green Brigade ‘ultras’ group hit out over firecracker incident at St Mirren as police and Scottish Premiership side announce investigation

Celtic’s ‘ultras’ group the Green Brigade has accused the person who threw a firecracker on to the pitch at St Mirren of inflicting harm on their fellow fans.

Police and the Scottish champions are investigating the incident which left St Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hlkady needing treatment after the loud bang unsettled him and several Celtic players as the firework landed from his goal during a 2-0 win at St Mirren Park on Wednesday.

Celtic’s ‘ultras’ group have issued a statement following the incident

St Mirren manager Oran Kearney was “tempted” to lead his players off the pitch and Celtic boss Neil Lennon was baffled at why the perpetrator had done something that damaged the club’s reputation.

The incident followed an encroachment on to the sidelines by a small group of Celtic fans – including a man carrying a toddler – when Odsonne Edouard scored the opener against Rangers on Sunday. A steward needed treatment after being hurt in the ensuing crush.

Pyrotechnics are banned by law in Scottish football grounds but smoke bombs in particular are a regular feature at games.

The Green Brigade has been associated with their use but distanced itself from the latest incident.