After a number of unsavoury incidents this season, the reputation of Scottish football has taken a bit of a hit. Be it sectarian chanting or pitch invasions, it is not something we want to see in football.
Another major problem has been missiles being thrown for the stands, with a number of examples in the current campaign. It happened again today, with the target this time being Rangers captain James Tavernier. He was struck by a lighter that thrown by a member of the home support in the 3-0 victory at Motherwell.
The referee briefly halted the game after the incident, with extra stewards and police having to surround that area of he ground for the rest of the game.
Speaking after the final whistle, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said that something needs to be done about what is becoming a major issue in Scottish football.
It’s a sad thing to see in this league but there’s a lot of it going on and there’s a lot of other sad stuff that’s going on in world football. It seems like we’re trying to send messages out every time we speak to the media, which is a shame.
It’s dangerous for the players when there are objects thrown on to the pitch, whether it be a lighter or whatever it may be. It needs to stop.
While Gerrard has some divisive things since his arrival in Glasgow, you can't really argue with him here. Regardless of your allegiances, seeing players pelted with missiles from the stands is not something you want in football.