The Scottish Football Association angrily condemned the shameful scenes
in the Old Firm cup clash in Glasgow on Thursday, confirming that an
investigation had been launched into the mayhem.

Scottish FA
chief executive Stewart Regan said he was shocked by the bust-up,
accusing the clubs of “embarrassing” Scottish football.

game saw a total of 13 yellow cards and three red while Celtic boss
Neil Lennon and Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist had to be pulled
apart following an ugly confrontation after the whistle.

Scottish FA categorically condemns the inflammatory and irresponsible
behaviour throughout last night’s Scottish Cup replay between Celtic and
Rangers at Celtic Park,” Regan said.

“I was both saddened and
deeply embarrassed to witness the scenes that unfolded during what is
supposed to be Scottish football’s flagship fixture: these images were
broadcast around the world and shows our game in a poor light.

acknowledge the pressures of expectation on both clubs but last night’s
behaviour crossed the boundaries of acceptable conduct at a football

“We have already launched an investigation into all
incidents that occurred and will do everything in our power to ensure
there is no repeat.”

Regan also singled out Lennon and McCoist for their loss of composure.

unedifying sight of two of the country’s most recognisable and
respected coaches engaged in an angry confrontation was not only
unsavoury but exacerbated an already incendiary atmosphere inside the
stadium,” he said.

“The clubs have a duty of care to ensure that
the image and integrity of the game is upheld at all times. This was not
adhered to last night.”

“In an age of austerity and financial
hardship, football must try harder than ever in this country to restore
its image as the national sport, extolling pride and passion. It fails
in this regard.”

The Scottish Police Federation joined the chorus
of criticism on Thursday, calling for an end to the “madness” that
often tarnishes meetings between Scottish football’s eternal rivals.