SEEMS I upset a few people by claiming that the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 might actually be a good thing as it appears to be working.

I am not surprised that some of my detractors were from the Celtic supporting side. They can’t seem to get over the fact that some Celtic fans have been ‘criminalised’ for singing songs about the IRA which has nothing to do with Celtic’s history as an avowedly non-sectarian club.

Leaving aside the Fifa statutes which specifically ban religious and political singing inside football stadia, I am always amazed that people try to justify bigotry and sectarianism – for that is what we are talking about – in a football context.

Sure, I used to join in when I was a boy at Celtic Park, but guess what? I grew up and got real. I suggest it’s time that all perpetrators of sectarianism in this country do the same.

I remind you that I wrote that I was not entirely happy with the Act, which is even now under review. It must be thoroughly and comprehensively reviewed, and changes made to make the Act more workable.

Yet as the Act was passed by the Scottish Parliament in December 2011, and came into force on March 1, 2012, it is the law of the land and however imperfect, it must be obeyed.

Therefore, I presume that those Celtic-supporting people who slate the Act as potentially discriminating against football supporters will be most unhappy that three Rangers fans were banned from football for six months and fined £450 each at Livingston Sheriff Court last week when they admitted singing songs about the UVF.

No Act, and the three who pled guilty to these offences would have been free to chant their sectarian nonsense. I await with interest the messages of support for the Rangers Three from the Celtic contingent of Fans Against Criminalisation…