Steven Gerrard responds to trouble at Ibrox

3 August 2018, 16:16

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has condemned the violence that occurred outside Ibrox before his side's Europa League clash with Osijek.

Two Croatian football fans were stabbed during a mass brawl just yards away from the stadium.

The pair, aged 24 and 40, were injured when a "large-scale disturbance" involving up to 40 people broke out in the Govan area of the city on Thursday evening.

The victims, both now revealed to be Croatian nationals, were taken by ambulance to Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.

Police Scotland said the younger man was released from hospital on Friday morning, while the 40-year-old was being discharged later in the day.

It is thought around 40 people were involved and detectives have described the incident as "disgraceful".

Gerrard also criticised those taking part in the incident, saying: "As a club we don't condone that type of behaviour, we don't want to see scenes like that.

"We want everyone to come away talking about the football and the positive result we got.

"So it's a shame that has gone on and we just hope that no-one has been hurt, that's all we ask for."

Officers were called to the scene at Edmiston Drive near Paisley Road West, a short distance from Ibrox, just after 7pm - shortly before the match which ended in a 1-1 draw, with Rangers progressing to face Maribor of Slovenia after a 2-1 aggregate win.

Footage on social media appeared to show fights between rival fans, with one clip uploaded to Twitter featuring scenes showing a supporter being kicked about the body while lying prone in the road, while another was seen running around holding a flare.