A FOOTBALL fan has been banned from attending matches after punching another supporter in Ibrox Stadium.

Scott Simmonds had been attending a game between Rangers Football Club and Motherwell at around 9pm on February 2, 2024. 

During the match, John Macdonald, who was unknown to Simmonds, went to the toilet where he met the 32-year-old.

The pair engaged in a short argument which resulted in Simmonds punching Macdonald to the back of his head.

A third man, who was also in the toilets, saw this happen and made attempts to separate Simmonds and Macdonald.

However, Simmonds made a second attempt to punch Macdonald.

Stewards were made aware of the incident and attended immediately.

As they did so, they saw Simmonds punch Macdonald to the face, this time causing his nose to bleed.

Police were then contacted. Officers attended and apprehended Simmonds.

He was cautioned and made no reply before being taken to Helen Street police office.

Simmonds, of Coatbridge, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court for sentencing on June 19 after pleading guilty to assaulting a man by repeatedly punching him to the face to his injury.

His lawyer told the court that her client was “severely intoxicated” at the time of the offence.

Addressing Simmonds, Sheriff Bernard Ablett said: “This was a serious offence which occurred at a football match where within the toilet you attacked another football supporter causing injury.

“Looking at your record you have already been made the subject of a community payback order with the requirement of unpaid work in relation to causing injury.

“That sentence does not appear to have deterred you.”

Sheriff Ablett tagged Simmonds for 60 days requiring him to be within his home address between 9pm and 8am.

Simmonds was also banned from attending football matches for 12 months.