A GLASGOW university has launched a probe after a student union boss accused Rangers of playing a role in "perpetuating fascist and racist politics". 

Strathclyde University student president Matt Crilly made the remarks about the Glasgow team in a now deleted post on social media. 

Mr Crilly, who is due to take over as president of the National Union of Students for Scotland (NUS), also wrote "decent Rangers fans need to seriously overhaul what the club stands for". 

His remarks came on Sunday as demonstrators took to the city's George Square to "protect the war memorial and cenotaph". 

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A number of skirmishes occurred between protesters and opponents with police later confirming "football risk groups" were involved.

Mr Crilly has since apologised for his post and said he didn't intend to "paint all supporters" with the same brush. 

He said: “Firstly, I would like to apologise to the Rangers fans who I have hurt with my comments online. It wasn’t my intention to paint all supporters, or the club, with the same brush, but clearly I caused hurt and am genuinely sorry for this. 

"Racism is a fact of Scottish life and a growing concern in society. 

"Its existence means we must have difficult conversations about all of our institutions, be they universities, public bodies or sports clubs. 

"Crucially, we all have a duty to stand up and tackle racism wherever we see it.” 

Chiefs at Strath Union confirmed yesterday they were looking into the matter and said in a statement: "Strathclyde Students’ Union is aware of comments made by our outgoing president on Twitter. 

"The Union is following procedure to investigate the matter and is unable to comment further at this time." 

A spokesperson from the NUS said: "NUS is aware of the statements made by Matt Crilly, NUS Scotland President-elect. 

"We know that this matter is under investigation by Mr Crilly’s current employer, the University of Strathclyde Students’ Union, and would refer to their statement on the matter." 

Rangers did not respond to a request for comment but the club has earned plaudits from across the country for its Everyone, Anyone campaign, which aims to unite people from all backgrounds, cultures and communities. 

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The club also launched a fan charter which encouraged supporters to pledge Ibrox was "no place for bigotry, racism, sectarianism or homophobia".