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Clarke hopes UEFA punishment can eradicate unacceptable fan behavior

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Scotland manager Steve Clarke said he faced sectarian abuse from “the dark ages” at Ibrox last season while coaching Kilmarnock.

Rangers has been ordered to close a part of Ibrox stadium for Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Legia Warsaw.

And Scotland manager Steve Clarke hopes the UEFA punishment for sectarian signing will help eradicate unacceptable fan behavior.

“Maybe it will make some people think about what they’re going to say in the future, hopefully,” he said to the BBC.

“There are other people get it from the Celtic fans.”

He added: “It’s not a one-way street. It’s two different sides, two different clubs, two fantastic clubs, but they have to do a little bit more to stamp it out.”

“Rangers have reacted very well to it. They’re trying their best, as I’m sure the people at Celtic are.”

“I’ve been back at Ibrox since – no issues whatsoever,” Clarke said after he coached Kilmarnock.

“I had some wonderful supportive letters from Rangers supporters and not too many disruptive letters.”

“I was actually very heartened by the response I got from a lot of people all over Scotland,” he commented.

“The clubs have to clamp down on it. And the clubs do try, but sometimes they maybe have to try a little bit harder.”

“I thought the move by Ann Budge was brave and it’s worked well for them because it gives people a little lesson and says ‘look, you can’t go into a football stadium and behave like an idiot’. You have to go into a stadium, support your team, sing all the songs that are supportive of your own team, rather than try and be negative towards the opposition,” he concluded.