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Rangers claim players and staff 'assaulted' by Hibs fans during Hampden pitch invasion

The club have responded to the unsavoury scenes which followed today’s Scottish Cup final.

Police were forced to separate supporters.
Police were forced to separate supporters.
Image: Jeff Holmes

RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB has condemned the ‘disgraceful’ behaviour of the Hibernian fans following this afternoon’s Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.

David Gray’s stoppage-time winner secured the Edinburgh side’s first cup triumph since 1902 before fans invaded the pitch at full-time.

Police were forced to intervene as sections of opposing supporters clashed and Rangers say their players and staff were ‘assaulted’ during the incident.

“Rangers Football Club is shocked at the disgraceful behaviour of Hibs fans at full time,” a club statement read.

“Rangers players and staff were assaulted by these fans who invaded the pitch and in the interests of their safety could not return to the pitch for the medal presentation.

“There can be no place for the violent behaviour witnessed at the end of the Final and Rangers fully expect the Scottish Football Association and Police Scotland to launch an investigation to find out where security measures failed.

“The Club would like to commend Rangers fans for the restraint they showed under severe provocation.”

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