Channel 4's Chief Correspondent, Alex Thomson, has used his Twitter account to promote a vile, Nazi-themed rant at Rangers by IRA supporter, Celtic fan and self-styled 'Rebel journalist' Phil Macgiollabhain.
In an incredible meltdown over the result of the 'Big Tax Case', involving Rangers use of EBTs in the early 2000s, Thomson also eulogised a banned lawyer who 'misplaced' compensation money from miners.
Macgiollabhain has previously been described by the Sun newspaper as "tarred with a sickening sectarian brush', and has been proven time and again to have fabricated stories about Rangers on his blog. He is a supporter of violent Irish Republican terrorism and previously wrote for pro IRA paper, An Phoblacht.
In a piece published on his site – and not for the first time – Macgiollabhain used Nazi themed language to describe Rangers and supporters of the club. He used terms "Herrenvolk", "fascist underclass" and "poppy porn" and falsely accused Rangers of cheating. All of this was deemed acceptable by Thomson who should once again have questions to answer from his employers at Channel 4.
Thomson was previously forced by Channel 4 to apologise to Rangers and their supporters after posting a Celtic fan's video poking fun at the Ibrox disaster.
Thomson's own commentary on the BTC has been littered with inaccuracy, falsehood and hyperbole, and his two day Twitter meltdown betrays someone who is letting his own personal prejudices impinge on his reporting. He has been joined in his support for Macgiollabhain by Sunday Herald journalist and CommonSpace editor, Angela Haggerty who previously indicated her support for convicted IRA terrorist, Bobby Sands.
Thomson also used his account to eulogise deceased lawyer Paul McConville, who was barred from practicing law for 10 years after admitting 40 cases of professional misconduct. Celtic fan McConville, who wrote extensively about Rangers and was an associate of Macgiollabhain prior to his death, is another odd bedfellow for Thomson who seems able to ignore the behaviour of his Scottish based associates as long as they take a particular view about Rangers.
Despite Thomson's best efforts, the SFA confirmed yesterday that Rangers have already been cleared of gaining any sporting advantage through the use of EBTs.