Man accused of bomb hoax as Celtic were losing to Rangers

James Joseph Doherty charged with phoning Ibrox to report a bomb at the stadium during Old Firm derby in 2019.

Man accused of bomb hoax as Celtic were losing to Rangers SNS Group

A man phoned Ibrox as Celtic were losing to Rangers to report a bomb at the stadium, a court has heard.

James Joseph Doherty, 34, from Londonderry in Northern Ireland, is charged with making the bomb hoax during an Old Firm derby on May 12 2019.

Rangers won the Scottish Premiership encounter 2-0 with goals from James Tavernier and Scott Arfield.

The case was mentioned during a sitting of Derry Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

“It’s a hoax bomb case where the allegation is that Celtic were getting beat, he rang Ibrox and said there was a bomb at the stadium,” a defence lawyer said.

“I don’t think it affected the result, if my memory is right.”

The solicitor said his client had made “admissions at interview” and suggested a guilty plea was likely.

But he added: “For some reason I’m not absolutely in a position to confirm that.”

The lawyer told district judge Barney McElholm if the charge was contested it would be a relatively short hearing, based on the legal papers in the case.

“What I can say is, if it’s not a plea, it’ll be a very short contest on the papers,” he said.

The solicitor asked for the case to be adjourned for two weeks.

Judge McElholm listed the matter to be heard again on November 19.