The Daily Record has said it is sorry for a headline in Saturday’s paper as part of its build-up to yesterday’s Old Firm match between Rangers and Celtic.
In a prominent apology, the paper described as a 'misjudgement' a headline that asked who was the more hated at Rangers' home of Ibrox: the taxman (over continuing issues between Rangers and HM Revenue & Customs) or Celtic manager, Neil Lennon?
This was despite bomb and bullet threats sent to Lennon last season and prompted – as reported by allmediascotland on Saturday – Celtic to demand an apology and to break off media relations with the paper.
Says the Record today: “[The headline] has caused dismay and anger and it was wrong.
“We apologise for any offence this may have caused Neil Lennon, his family and also supporters.
“The Daily Record has a history of condemning intolerance in all its forms.
“Our headline was a misjudgement and it was not intended to stoke up feelings ahead of yesterday’s match.”
Rangers won the match 4-2.
It is not yet known whether Celtic have restored media relations with the paper.