Carl Frampton sparks Twitter row between Celtic and Rangers fans

Carl Frampton sparks Twitter row between Celtic and Rangers fans

CARL Frampton has been widely hailed for embracing both his Irish and British fan base, but the IBF and WBA super bantamweight champion caused a bit of a stir between Celtic and Rangers fans on Tuesday night.

After a four-year absence from the top flight, Rangers secured their place in next season’s Scottish Premiership with a 1-0 win over Dumbarton, although their identity as a club remains source of fun for Celtic fans.

Having been liquidated at the end of the 2011-12, the club were granted admittance to the fourth tier of Scottish football under a new corporate identity before achieving promotion three times in the subsequent four years.

Since the current incarnation is effectively a new club from the one which last played in the Scottish Premiership, many Celtic fans are keen to remind their supporters of Rangers’ demise by only speaking of the current crop as an entirely different entity.

Belfast boxer Frampton, a Crusaders fan, refuses to get drawn into the business side of things, but welcomed Rangers into the top tier in the interests of competitive football, something that has been missing from the division since their demotion in 2012.

Here’s the best of the reaction from Frampton’s tweets on the matter:

Renowned for his quick wit, Frampton soon responded to the influx of notifications by clearing up his stance whilst asking his followers to "cool your jets".

Finally, seemingly amused by the furore his previous two tweets caused, Frampton used the opportunity to reaffirm his love for Crusaders, who are currently top of the Northern Ireland Football League Premiership as defending champions from 2014-15.