Dundee FC have come under fire from Celtic fans after an apparent tweet appeared to wish Hoops’ fans a “safe trip home to Lochee”.
The supposed tweet from the official account, which was time-stamped as 9.38pm, was later nowhere to be seen on the @dundeefconline Twitter feed.
The post appeared straight after the Dark Blues crashed out of the Betfred Cup following a 4-0 home defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ side.
A screenshot of the tweet was widely shared with many on the east cost seeing the funny side, but those of the green and white persuasion were not so impressed.
The message read in full [sic]: “Thanks you to all everyone that came to back #thedee tonight. We’d like to wish all the Celtic fans a safe trip home to Lochee”.
The Lochee reference refers to a traditionally large Irish community in the area around the time of the jute boom in the 19th century.
Lochee then became known affectionately as “Little Tipperary” by those living there.
The area still has links with the Parkhead club, with Kellys Bar in Lochee High Street the base for a Celtic supporters’ club.
After being widely shared, there was a mixed response from Celtic and Dundee fans.
Some Bhoys’ didn’t quite get the meaning:
Lochee is a place in Dundee so they're trying to rip Celtic fans for being glory hunters and not supporting their local team
— Callum Peace⚽️🏴 (@callumpeace01) September 20, 2017
Others thought it was a poor attempt at banter. With one adding: “Patter is as bad as their tackles”.
While a fraction of the Celtic support were “disgusted” by the apparent tweet.
Didn't understand this tweet. Googled lochee. Disgusting tweet from a football club. Believe it's now been deleted. Surprised, surprise
— Irene O'Donnell (@ireneod_irene) September 20, 2017
Celtic won the quarter-final 4-0 thanks to goals from Scott Sinclair, Callum McGregor and a brace from James Forrest.