Under fire Scottish Justice Secretary, Kenny Mcaskill has waded into the debate over the ugly scenes at last night's old firm cup replay saying: "There is a deep-rooted and unacceptable social issue involved - which has a great deal to do with Scotland's damaging relationship with alcohol, and little to do with football.
"The issue is far wider than clubs and the game. It is about a culture of violence fuelled by alcohol."
But he is wrong. The root cause of violence at old firm games is good old fashioned sectarianism. Both sets of fans revel in their respective medieval traditions and the stands echo to the sound of party songs justifying and celebrating sectarian violence. Every old firm game results in sectarian violence off the park.
These two behemoths are Scotland's (and Northern Ireland's) shame and it's time the continued turning of a blind eye to their motivations stopped. Hopefully the police inspired summit involving the Scottish goverment and the clubs will have the guts to deal with the real issues. But given they have had 113 years to do something about it and singularly failed, I won't be holding my breath.