Graeme Souness has torn into Celtic fans for their behaviour during the recent pre-match tributes to Queen Elizabeth.
At their Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk they displayed a banner which read "FUCK THE CROWN", and during a minutes applause against before their SPL game against St. Mirren, they chanted "If you hate the royal family clap your hands."
In his criticism for these actions, Souness went as far as to label Celtic, "the unacceptable face of football in Scotland," and was critical of the club itself for not publicly condemning their fans.
“Whatever I say on this people will say they expect that because I was employed by Glasgow Rangers and I’m a Rangers fan. But you try to stand back a bit and the eyes of the world were on this country in the last 10 days.
Celtic now have a major problem because if you’re a major company looking to sponsor a team in Britain or Scotland, would you consider Celtic any more?
“Not at all. And by the decision-makers at Celtic being silent on this matter they’re compounding the problem. This is not just a talking point of Scotland - it’s a talking point throughout the world. They have shot themselves in the foot big time.
"It is a minority who are guilty of this but also a minority that are damaging the brand of Celtic - synonymous with being the first British team to win the European Cup, great success and an absolute institution in Scotland - beyond belief."
Celtic Fans During Minutes Applause
Minute's applause impeccably observed by the Celtic fans. pic.twitter.com/oZfXebvene
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“If you’re a Rangers fan it’s happy days," Souness continued. "They want the silence to continue. They’re [Celtic] shooting themselves in the foot. They should have been out days ago condemning this. And for everyone who doesn’t like Celtic the music is brilliant and want it to keep going.
In the eyes of the world, Celtic are now the unacceptable face of football in Scotland due to a minority of fans.
"The eyes of the world were on Great Britain and I have to stress it’s a minority. I have pals who are Celtic fans and are condemning this so why aren’t the club?”