Well, credit where it is due.
I wrote earlier that the club from Ibrox needed to make a clear, unambiguous statement in condemnation of that disgusting racist incident yesterday and they have done exactly that.
They’ve identified those in the video, they have expelled them from Ibrox and they have banned the supporters bus in question from receiving any more tickets.
It is a fulsome response, an aggressive and forceful response and is worthy of praise.
When that club behaves abysmally it will get criticism.
When it behaves responsibly it will get credit for having done so.
In this, they have leeched some of the poison out of the game at the weekend by putting their fans on notice that stuff like this will draw the severest sanction.
I’m not even going into other issues here, today there’s this issue and the way they’ve dealt with it and it hardly goes without saying that they’ve done it right.
On the surface of it, this was an easy decision to make and in many ways it could be argued that they were forced to it by the torrent of negative publicity the incident generated but if this response gets even a thimbleful of the poison out of the stands at the weekend then something good has come out of this vile incident and we should all be happy with that.
It doesn’t matter to me what the club’s motivations are in dealing with this as robustly as it has; the message it sends out is the same, and how they arrived at the decision couldn’t be less important.
All that matters is that the guilty have been punished in the harshest possible manner and that a little sanity has been resorted and a little justice done.
This does not make them paragons of virtue. They aren’t.
It doesn’t erase their myriad other problems or excuse their repeated shocking behaviours on other fronts.
It’s a small step, but it’s a step in the right direction and this is how progress is made … one step at a time.