Monday, August 8, 2011

Celtic stars IRA song shame


SHAME-faced Celtic idol Frank McAvennie last night claimed he doesn't even know the words to the IRA anthem he was filmed boozily singing.

McAvennie, 51, sparked a fresh bigotry storm after he led Hoops fans in a chorus of the Boys Of The Old Brigade.

Macca's drunken antics were caught on video at the controversial Players' Lounge in Dublin - owned by current Bhoys ace Anthony Stokes's dad John.

But the ex-soccer playboy - lampooned for his 'Where's the burdz?' catchphrase - insisted: "I don't even know the words of it. I was invited up to sing You'll Never Walk Alone." 

The clip of Macca - where he appears to struggle with the lyrics - has been viewed hundreds of times on YouTube.

Despite his excuses, anti-sectarian campaigners and politicians insisted all Old Firm heroes have a duty to set an example in Scottish football's war on bigotry.

Charity Nil by Mouth said: "They must think about what they say and do."

And outraged Scots Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said: "Celtic should ban this idiot from Parkhead for life."

The incident took place a fortnight ago - a week before the pub caught fire during an armed raid.

In April police warned anyone singing The Boys Of The Old Brigade at games would be nicked.

Five years ago McAvennie was slammed for recording anti-Rangers phone clips.

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