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Scandal won't bridge the gulf.

THE SECTARIAN gulf which splits parts of Scotland was as wide as ever yesterday.

Some staunch Rangers supporters insisted Donald Findlay's only mistake was to resign from the Ibrox board.

And Celtic fans denounced the former Ibrox vice-chairman's actions.

At the bright blue painted Grapes bar on Glasgow's Paisley Road West, which is crammed with Rangers memorabilia, regular Benny Rooney, 39, a taxi driver said: "He was just supporting his team and now he has been forced to resign from a job that he was good at and he loved. Donald Findlay wasn't singing a song of hatred, The Sash is a folk song."

Paul Langley, 46, secretary of the UK Loyal Rangers Supporters Club, even defended Findlay's use of the words "**** the Pope"?

He said "They are just words, he didn't mean anything by them. "

In Bairds Bar, a buzzing Celtic haunt on Glasgow's London Road, most drinkers were horrified by Findlay's outburst.

They included Ranger's supporter Leigh Kilday, 21, who said: "I love Rangers but I am disgusted that he was allowed to reach the top in the club and that he should behave in a way that fuels bigotry."

Celtic fan Tony Begley, 21, a civil servant, described Findlay as "an embarrassment to Scottish football".

Yet the QC found supporters including Jamie Brown, a company director.

He said: "He was being silly but the man is entitled to celebrate. I think he was probably carried away with euphoria."

Mark Kilcullen,37, owned a construction company with a Protestant partner which he called H&T, Hun and Tim.

He said: "We called the firm that because it was making fun of the sectarian issue. Sometimes that is the only way to deal with it."
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Author:Brown, Annie
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 1, 1999
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