Glasgow & West Scotland

Celtic fan faces trial over 'offensive banner and effigies'

Hanging effigies
Image caption The effigies were hung from stands in the Celtic end of the ground

A Celtic fan is to stand trial charged with displaying an allegedly offensive banner and blow-up effigies at the recent Old Firm match.

Ross Brady, 27, appeared from custody to deny the accusation at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

He is accused of a single charge under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act.

Prosecutors claim that, while acting with others, he committed the offence at the Parkhead clash on 10 September.

Celtic beat Rangers in the match.

The charge includes the claim that Mr Brady did "engage in behaviour" which may be likely to "incite public disorder".

This is said to involve the display of a banner that contained a "threatening and offensive remark".

Inflatable figures

The charge also states two inflatable figures were shown which were "fashioned in a threatening and offensive manner".

Mr Brady's lawyer Paul Kavanagh entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Mr Kavanagh said Mr Brady was a lifelong Celtic supporter who regularly attended matches home and away. He asked for bail to be allowed.

Fiscal Richard Hill said the Crown would not oppose Mr Brady being freed, but requested a number of special conditions be imposed.

These included Brady being banned meantime from attending football matches.

He must also sign in at a police station during the first half of Celtic's forthcoming Champions League games.

Sheriff Andrew Cubie allowed bail and set a trial to take place next month.

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