A Glasgow Labour MP has been forced to apologise online after making a controversial jibe at the First Minister being hit with a tennis ball.

Nicola Sturgeon was in Dennistoun yesterday when she was on the receiving end of a brutal serve by Anne McLaughlin during a game of swingball.

Footage shared on social media showed the First Minister getting whacked on the back of the head with the ball.

Watch the full video HERE.

Paul Sweeney posted the video, captioning it: "'Whack-a-Sturgeon'. A sport I could definitely get behind."

He deleted the post quickly, but not before other users - including Ms Sturgeon - saw the controversial remarks.

The First Minister posted a screenshot of the tweet, and said "What a charmer..."

Mr Sweeney publicly apologised online after being branded 'disgusting' and 'hopeless' by other users.

He wrote: "It was merely my weak attempt at being lighthearted by making a pun on 'whac-a-mole', but I quickly realised it could be misconstrued, so please accept my apologies for any offence.

"You're welcome to have a free hit at me on the swing ball on your next visit to Dennistoun!"