Po­lice ap­peal

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Po­lice have made a fresh ap­peal for wit­nesses af­ter a young Rangers fan was hit by a bot­tle in King’s Park be­fore Sun­day’s Old Firm match.

Eleven- year- old Kraig Mackay was struck on Aiken­head Road as he made his way to Ham­p­den.

Po­lice have made a fresh ap­peal for wit­nesses af­ter a young Rangers fan was hit by a bot­tle in King’s Park be­fore Sun­day’s Old Firm match.

Eleven-year-old Kraig Mackay was struck on Aiken­head Road as he made his way to the sta­dium.

When he and his fam­ily ar­rived at Aiken­head Road at around 2pm, a bot­tle was thrown which hit the Rangers-daft young­ster.

He was taken by am­bu­lance to the Royal Hospi­tal for Chil­dren in Glas­gow where he was treated for a head in­jury then later re­leased.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Colin Hail­stones from Cath­cart Po­lice Of­fice said: “At the time, the area was ob­vi­ously very busy and there are peo­ple who will know who is re­spon­si­ble for this crime and I would ap­peal to them to come for­ward to po­lice with their in­for­ma­tion.

“This at­tack is to­tally un­ac­cept­able and although we don’t be­lieve the young boy was specif­i­cally tar­geted, the bot­tle was de­lib­er­ately thrown at the crowd of sup­port­ers who were sim­ply mak­ing their way to the match to en­joy the game.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that will as­sist our on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion should con­tact Cath­cart Po­lice Of­fice through 101. Al­ter­na­tively, Crimes­top­pers can be con­tacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be main­tained.”

Kraig and his fam­ily, who are from Den­nis­toun, were trav­el­ling on a bus that left from Ruther­glen’s 20 So­cial Club. The bus trav­elled down Cur­tis Av­enue but broke down forc­ing the fans to walk the rest of the way. King’s Park is the tra­di­tional Celtic end of Ham­p­den while Rangers fans use the Mount Florida end.

Kraig’s mum, Laura, told our sis­ter pa­per, the Daily Record: “I am livid. Some­one needs to be pun­ished for this and maybe that will make them think twice about do­ing some­thing like this again.”

As con­so­la­tion, Kraig will be Rangers’ mas­cot and spe­cial guest for their match against St John­stone tonight, Wed­nes­day.

In Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, po­lice said there were no in­ci­dents re­lat­ing to the Old Firm match, although there were re­ports of a dis­tur­bance in Cam­bus­lang Main Street around 7.15pm. Celtic won the Bet­fred Cup tie 1-0 and will meet Aberdeen in the fi­nal on Sun­day, Novem­ber 27.

As­sault Young Kraig was struck in the King’s Park area on Sun­day whilst mak­ing his way to the match

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