Anyone who believes that hostilities have ceased between catholics and protestants in Northern Ireland hasn't been reading the news lately. In a shocking act of petty violence, the terrorists have taken their problems to Scotland:
RANGERS star Kevin Thomson's car has been vandalised by thugs outside his Edinburgh home.
The slogans "IRA" and "Bobo's gonnae get you" were scratched into the paintwork of his Land Rover He's the second Ibrox player to be targeted by vandals this month.
The attack on Thomson's Land Rover happened late on Sunday evening.
The midfielder called police to report damage to the valuable vehicle.
A Lothian and Borders police spokesman said yesterday: "Our officers are investigating malicious damage to a vehicle in the west of Edinburgh.
"It is obvious that this was not a random attack and we would like to hear from anyone who has any knowledge of it."
Just over a week ago, vandals scored graffiti on Rangers keeper Allan McGregor's Bentley and the Range Rover of his fiancee, Leah Shevlin.
The words "Holly Goaly"- a reference to Celtic's Artur Boruc, who is nicknamed the "Holy Goalie" - were gouged into the Bentley's silver paintwork.
It was the second attack on the international keeper's car. In March, acid was poured over it, causing damage which cost thousands of pounds to repair.
A spokesman for Rangers said last night: "This is the latest in a line of unacceptable attacks and threats against our playing staff.
For those not familiar with Scottish soccer, Rangers refers to the Glasgow Rangers, one of the two most prominent teams in the Scottish Premier League. The Rangers are favored by many protestants in both Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their main rival are the Glasgow Celtics, a team favored by many catholics in both countries.
In the last paragraph of the article, one sees why the Celtic's IRA supporters were so unhappy with Mr. Thomson:
Teetotal Thomson grew up in Peebles in the Borders. Rangers beat Celtic and several English clubs to his signature in January last year. They paid Hibs £2million for the midfielder.
And we think our professional sports have problems in the USA. In the UK, if you sign with the wrong team, you get attacked by terrorists.