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Rangers legend Derek Johnstone condemns Hibernian fans

Ibrox side Rangers were denied Scottish Cup glory by Hibernian on Saturday.

Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times, Rangers legend Derek Johnstone feels that some behind-closed-doors games for Hibernian next season is a fitting punishment for their fans' behaviour in Saturday's Scottish Cup final win over the Gers.

David Gray struck an injury-time winner as Hibs beat Rangers 3-2 at Hampden Park to end their a 114-year wait for the trophy.

Such a drama ending saw thousands of Hibernian fans stream on to the pitch at full time, with reports suggesting that some of the Rangers played were spat at and assaulted by supporters of the Edinburgh club (Belfast Telegraph) in ugly scenes which marred the result somewhat.

Rangers released a statement condemning the Easter Road club for the way in which they are perceived to have glossed over the post-match chaos, with the Glasgow giants demanding a full investigation into what precisely went on.

Johnstone acknowledges the difference between punishing the club and punishing the fans, suggesting that the Edinburgh side should be made to compete in some matches which their supporters are not permitted to attend.

“I would imagine there would be a fine but they could be forced to play matches behind closed doors next season. The club will then suffer as a result of their fans’ actions," he said to the Glasgow Evening Times.

“Decisive action has to be taken because you just cannot allow supporters to get away with what they did on Saturday. It is as simple as that.”

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