Dundee manager Jim McIntyre has condemned sectarianism in Scottish football. This follows Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke’s accusations that he was targeted by Rangers fans with sectarian songs during his side’s 5-0 defeat at Ibrox in a Scottish Cup replay on Wednesday night.
The Kilmarnock manager’s strong post-match comments following the game on Wednesday night have generated headlines and debate about the issue of sectarianism in the Scottish game. Dundee boss McIntyre had no hesitation in condemning sectarianism in his press conference ahead of the Hibs game on Friday night.
“Well I think you are always going to get both sides singing their songs and making derogatory comments,” he said.
“It’s part and parcel of the game, but there’s absolutely no place for it (sectarianism) in modern society.
“You shouldn’t have to be subjected to that standing at the side.
“They can tell us we are rubbish all they like but in terms of sectarian, vile garbage that comes along with it, there is just no place for it.
“It is the dark ages.
“I think it has always been there.
“If anything, I would probably say it is better than 20 years ago, but it is still there which is the unacceptable thing.”
Dundee take on Hibernian at Dens Park on Friday night with the Dark Blues enjoying a three-game unbeaten run and McIntyre is looking forward to the game.
“We are really positive and really looking forward to the match,” he said.
“We know we are coming up against a side who has a new manager.
“They had a great result in his (Paul Heckingbottom) first game and they will be coming with confidence as well.
“So, it sets it up really nicely for a really good game.
“We are feeling confident.
“We want to try and make sure that we continue doing what we have been doing and putting teams under pressure and create goal-scoring opportunities.
“I feel that in the last three or four games we have created really good opportunities and lots of them.
“We are going to have to do that again so that we can try and pick up the three points.”
Meanwhile, McIntyre expects in-form striker Andrew Nelson to be available for selection despite coming off with a knock during last weekend’s 2-1 win over Livingston.