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"I Just Don't Know Why Anyone Would Bother Taking Their Kids"

"I Just Don't Know Why Anyone Would Bother Taking Their Kids"

It's not getting any better, is it?

For the second time in as many weeks, Hibs find themselves in the full glare of the Scottish footballing authorities.

Last Saturday, an empty bottle of Buckfast was launched in the direction of Celtic's Scott Sinclair, as the Edinburgh club crashed out of the Scottish Cup and last night there were further sorry scenes, when some header jumped from the East Stand at the Easter Road stadium to have a barney with Rangers captain James Tavernier.

There has been widespread condemnation of both events, with club chief executive Leaanne Dempster not ruling out closing part of the offending section of the ground, as well as promising that offenders will receive lifetime bans.

Whilst the focus has very much been on Hibernian over the last fortnight, Scottish football has enjoyed a less than flattering limelight this season.

Earlier this year, Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke spoke out after being on the end of vile sectarian abuse from Rangers fans, whilst Killie striker Kris Boyd received something similar from Celtic fans when they visited Rugby Road.

Aberdeen supporters were also seen holding a derogatory banner aimed at Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos in recent weeks.

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It's become all too much for BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton.

The former Celtic frontman, so often an advocate of the game south of the border, described the scenes as "disgraceful".

This has been a big story this season which has developed. We've had racism, sectarianism. I mean, this moron, last night jumping on the pitch. What's James Tavernier supposed to do?

What's it actually going to take? For a player to get stabbed?

It's been toxic a lot of the season and it's worrying.

It's a disease that has long blighted the Scottish game, but the poignancy is felt more acutely this season. The incidents have all-too-often spoiled what has been a fascinating title race, with Kilmarnock, Hibs and Aberdeen all providing stiff opposition to the Neil Lennon and Stevie Gerrard led Old Firm.

Police Scotland confirmed that the man who encroached on to the pitch at Easter Road last night was arrested and that "inquiries are ongoing". It was one of only a number of incidents, with Rangers fans seen hurling a seat at the individual as stewards and authorities led him away.

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Aaron Strain

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