A CELTIC fan suffered bleeding inside his skull after being knocked out by a fellow supporter following an Old Firm game.

Jack McIntyre, 22, suffered the injury after being kicked by Josh Jaconelli, 26, in December 2018.

Mr McIntyre was also attacked by Jaconelli’s two friends Gary Mulligan, 25, and Callum Rafferty, 26, outside Glencairn Social Club in Rutherglen.

They had all been watching Rangers' 1-0 victory against Celtic at Ibrox that afternoon.

Mr McIntyre, a joiner, was forced to take eight weeks off his work and still gets headaches “three times a day.”

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The trio pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the assault with Jaconelli admitting to the attack to Mr McIntyre’s severe injury and permanent impairment.

The court heard Mr McIntyre and a friend got into an “argument” with Mulligan at 5.30pm.

This resulted in a “minor scuffle” which spilled out onto the foyer of the club.

Mulligan and Rafferty began another verbal argument that continued on the busy road outside the club.

Mulligan and Mr McIntyre fell to the ground while Jaconelli and Rafferty watched on.

Prosecutor Chris Farrell said: “Another unknown man kicked Mr McIntyre on the body.

“Jaconelli and Rafferty also joined in kicking him on the body.

“Jaconelli jumped at Mr McIntyre with both feet in the air and kicked him on the upper chest causing him to fall to the ground and strike his head.”

Mr McIntyre was “unconscious” for 10 minutes before paramedics arrived and took him to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

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Mr Farrell said: “He was found to have bleeding in the cranial cavity however no surgery was required.”

Mr McIntyre was discharged after three days but still suffers headaches.

Mr Farrell added: “These happen two to three times a day and can be mild to extremely painful and last up to 30 minutes.

“Given the passage of time and after a discussion with a consultant, he understands these headaches are chronic and there are no signs this will improve.”

Mr McIntyre had to take eight weeks off work and was at a financial loss of £4,000.

Sentence was deferred until next month for reports by Sheriff John McCormick for background reports.

Jaconelli, a dad of one and ventilation engineer from Castlemilk, Mulligan, a dad of one and a joiner also of Castlemilk and Rafferty, a steel worker from East Kilbride were bailed meantime.