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Celtic fan denies singing pro IRA songs at Dundee match

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Image caption Dion McLeish is accused of singing pro IRA songs at the Boxing Day match between Dundee and Celtic

A Celtic fan is to stand trial accused of singing pro IRA songs at the side's match with Dundee in December that was marred by crowd trouble.

Dundee Sheriff court was told Dion McLeish was arrested at Dundee FC's Dens Park stadium on Boxing Day under new anti-sectarian laws.

Mr McLeish is accused of singing "a song in support of a proscribed terrorist organisation".

Sheriff Tom Hughes continued the case to trial in March.

Mr McLeish was one of four fans arrested at the match, with a further supporter reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

The 19-year-old, from Clydebank, pleaded not guilty to the charge during a brief hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Through lawyer Jack Brown he pled not guilty to a charge brought under section 1(1) of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.

The teenager was released on bail with the condition that he does not attend Celtic away matches ahead of his trial.

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