Celtic's Australian manager Ange Postecoglou says helium was "saddened" by racism against Japanese prima Kyogo Furuhashi, with a opus created by Rangers fans creating a tempest successful Scottish football.
Several Rangers fans person been "banned indefinitely" aft a societal media video showed a radical allegedly chanting a racist opus astir Furuhashi.
The footage emerged aft Rangers' 4-2 triumph implicit Ross County successful the Scottish Premiership connected Sunday.
The individuals person been identified and, arsenic good arsenic banning the fans involved, the nine besides confirmed nary tickets would beryllium fixed to the Rangers Supporters Club (RSC) they were travelling with.
Furuhashi has been 1 of Celtic's brightest stars truthful acold this play aft helium was signed by Postecoglou soon aft the Australian took the biggest occupation of his career.
The 26-year-old has scored six goals successful 7 games, including a hat-trick against Dundee.
Postecoglou was brought successful controversailly by Celtic successful the off-season aft making his people successful Japan's J. League, wherever helium took Yokohama F. Marinos to their archetypal rubric successful 15 years successful 2019.
The erstwhile Socceroos manager has got disconnected to an outstanding commencement to his tenure astatine the European giants, successful nary tiny portion owed to the signifier of the Japanese star, and helium said helium felt a work to support Furuhashi aft convincing him to sign.
"To beryllium honest, it saddens maine a batch due to the fact that I'm the 1 who's brought him implicit here," Postecoglou told Celtic TV aft the racist opus made headlines.
"I spent three-and-a-half years successful Japan, and I was a foreigner, and I was welcomed with unfastened arms implicit there. I cognize however polite and respectful the Japanese radical were, and I'm the 1 that brought Kyogo here.
"I'm definite his acquisition is wholly the utmost other of what's been portrayed successful the past 48 hours. Talking to him, helium loves being here, helium loves the city, helium loves the mode everyone's embraced him.
"It's not astir education, radical are much than good alert of what's close and incorrect - conscionable beryllium a decent quality being and dainty radical with respect.
"Our fig 1 precedence is to support and enactment the player. He's a cracking guy.
"If anyone ever comes crossed him, he's specified a bully young antheral and helium doesn't merit immoderate of that benignant of behaviour. No 1 does, to beryllium honest, nary 1 does."
In effect to the song, Furuhashi acknowledged the enactment helium had felt from his ain nine and supporters, penning connected societal media: "I'll ne'er locomotion alone."
Rangers made it wide that benignant of instrumentality behaviour would not beryllium tolerated.
"The individuals progressive person been identified and volition beryllium banned indefinitely from each Rangers games," the nine said successful a statement.
"Furthermore, the RSC of which they were members and travelled with to the game, person been banned from receiving tickets for aboriginal fixtures."
A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed the unit "is alert of a video circulating connected societal media and officers are liaising with the nine to marque applicable enquiries".
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