James Tavernier: Police investigate racist abuse of Rangers captain

Items including a lighter, pie and coin all landed close to James Tavernier during Rangers' 3-0 win at Fir Park
Items including a lighter, pie and coin all landed close to James Tavernier during Rangers' 3-0 win at Fir Park

Police Scotland are following a positive line of enquiry after Rangers captain James Tavernier was racially abused on social media.

The 27-year-old full-back was sent a message on Instagram, which he posted with a shoulder-shrugging emoji.

Police confirmed a complaint was made.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard condemned the abuse on Friday, saying: "It is sad that racism is a talking point in the game. I have spoken to James and he is okay. Racism has no part in football."

Last week, Englishman Tavernier took part in a PFA campaign to boycott social media for 24 hours and shared a post calling for social media companies to do more to tackle racism.

Earlier this month, a Hibernian fan was jailed for 100 days for confronting Tavernier at the side of the pitch.

And Motherwell banned a supporter for throwing a coin at the Rangers player during his side's 3-0 win at Fir Park later that week.

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