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Scotland worse than Belfast for sectarianism - Kilmarnock's Shiels

Kilmarnock caretaker manager Kenny Shiels feels that Scotland's sectarian abuse is much worse than that of Belfast.

The Northern Irish tactician, who was born in Belfast, had to deal with his younger brother being killed in the Troubles back in his homeland but says that Scotland's abuse has gone further than that of the area where he grew up.

Shiels believes the treatment endured by Celtic boss Neil Lennon in regards to receiving death threats and having a fan attack him on the touchline is just not on and it has mainly come from sectarianism being pushed into football.

"I think it was a disgrace what happened to Neil. I don't know how this has been allowed to come into the game," he said.

"I don't know what motivated the guy at Tynecastle. It seemed like pure hatred but people here use football as a vehicle to deliver hatred.

"I don't think that sectarianism is prevalent in society here, but it has been taken into football.

"That sectarianism isn't there in Northern Ireland any more. There may be isolated incidents but by and large it has gone, which is good.

"Belfast is now one of the nicest cities in Europe. Everyone's visiting it now, it's fantastic. "I don't see how it all adds up here. A lot of these people have never been to their roots, the ones going to the games and chanting.

"On one side, they sing about the Boyne and places like this - they don't even know where it is. The sash my father wore? My God, they haven't got a clue.

"They just use it as a social vehicle, after a few drinks. It's all about insecurity and creating a bond with other fans."

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