Man arrested after items hurled at Hearts player during game at Celtic

Winger Barrie McKay was struck on the back with what appeared to be a plastic bottle.

Pa Scotland Reporters
Friday 03 December 2021 18:14
Hearts player Barrie McKay was targeted with missiles (Jeff Holmes/PA)
Hearts player Barrie McKay was targeted with missiles (Jeff Holmes/PA)

A man has been arrested after missiles were thrown at a Hearts player during a match against Celtic

Winger Barrie McKay was struck on the back with what appeared to be a plastic bottle of juice in the game at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Thursday.

Other items were thrown down towards him on several occasions as he prepared to take corners in front of the standing section.

The former Rangers player made referee Bobby Madden aware of the problem during his team’s 1-0 defeat but did not appear to be hurt and carried on playing.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with items thrown on to the pitch during a match at Celtic Park on the evening of Thursday December 2.

“A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal and further inquiries are ongoing.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Professional Football League said it is awaiting the match delegate’s report.

A Celtic spokesperson told the PA news agency: “Clearly such behaviour has no place at Celtic Park. We have already been in contact with Hearts, the club will also investigate the matter fully and we will take all appropriate action.”

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