Glass thrown at Rangers title party 'left officer permanently scarred'

Thousands of fans had gathered in George Square and the surrounding areas to celebrate the club winning the Scottish Premiership title.

Man on trial for ‘throwing glass bottles’ at police during Rangers title party leaving officer permanently  disfigured SNS Group

A man will stand trial accused of assaulting police officers including leaving one badly hurt at the Rangers title party.

William McNaughton, 38, allegedly lashed out at three constables, a sergeant and an inspector in Glasgow city centre’s Queen Street on May 15, 2021.

Thousands of jubilant football fans gathered in George Square and the surrounding areas to celebrate the club winning the Scottish Premiership title.

Court papers state McNaughton initially conducted himself in a disorderly manner by forming part of a crowd.

It is claimed he repeatedly threw glass bottles at public order police officers in the execution of their duty.

The charge says the officers were forming a safety cordon.

McNaughton is said to have exposed them and members of the public to risk of injury and committed breach of the peace.

McNaughton is claimed to have gone on to assault sergeant Alan McGowan by throwing a bottle at him which struck him on the head to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and permanent impairment.

Another charge says McNaughton struck inspector John Hamilton on the body to his injury by throwing a bottle.

The last two charges claim McNaughton kicked unknown constables as well as punch one of them.

McNaughton denies the five charges at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

He will stand trial in May next year.

McNaughton, of the city’s Easterhouse, remains on bail meantime for the matter.