Firstly the good news.
The Glasgow that I grew up didn’t have a problem with this type of racism.
It was part of the cultural fabric of the place and entirely socially acceptable.
Thankfully, now many Glaswegians have a serious issue with it.
This flier appeared on the Facebook page of the Union Bears yesterday.
For the uninitiated, the word “Fenian” is the local N-word for anyone from the Irish community.
No amount of semantic wriggling about 19th-century Irish revolutionaries using dynamite will deflect from that central truth.
If you live in Scotland or the North East of this country and you hate Irish people then the F word is the preferred term of abuse.
If that wasn’t appalling enough the image used on the flier depicts a person on the ground being kicked.
The victim of the assault is wearing a green and white hooped shirt.
We get the idea, we really do.
Dark clothing is encouraged for this dignified march.
You mean like a black shirt?
I’m told that the Union Bears is the officially sanctioned singing section at Ibrox.
Now, I’m sure that the six-year-old club will be issuing a statement of condemnation today if they have not done so already.
The response of the wider society will also be instructive.
The Scotland of many cultures has now to step up.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated last year in Holyrood that the many thousands of Irish who came to Scotland to contribute their blood and sweat to build the modern nation are welcome and valued.
Born in the 1950s in the West of Scotland I never felt that.
In 1953, a few years before I arrived on the planet the Irish in Scotland were referred to as “an alien race” in a Church of Scotland report.
Glasow still doesn’t have a memorial to An Gorta Mór.
I have taken part in Saint Patrick’s parades in many cities, but never in the one I was born in.
I’m glad that my brood of Gaeilgeoirí has grown up far away from the influence of the Ibrox klan.
I know that they’re better for it.
For anyone going to the match on Sunday please stay safe.