A grandfather who claims he set fire to showing how it works with his autistic grandson has been banned from football for 12 months.
Archibald Smith, 58, lights up fireworks near Celtic Park ahead of the Old Firm game on February 2, 2022.
The Hoops are slated to host Rangers’ bitter rivals in the Scottish Premier League.
Smith, from Glasgow’s Carntyne, attempted to put a stamp on the flames to put out the fire when it was caught by police.
Sheriff Lindsay Wood, however, told him at the trial that his plea for the crime was “A lot of nonsense”
Smith pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to culpable and reckless behavior.
The court heard at 7 p.m. when Smith was on Springfield Road surrounded by about 100 people.
Prosecutor Heather Naismith said: “Police saw Smith holding a green pyrotechnic device in his hands. [and] after that light
A cloud of green smoke emerged from the device as he raised the flames to shoulder level.
“The police came up to him and after that he dropped the flames on the ground and tried to put out the fire by knocking on it.”
Smith was later caught and missed out on Celtic’s 3-0 win.
Smith’s lawyers told an earlier hearing he went to a game with his 13-year-old nephew, who was sent off by an unidentified man.
Marc Waters added: “His nephew was diagnosed with autism and he took it from him to show what the flames did.”
Sheriff Wood replied: “What nonsense.”
Smith later admitted that he “Catch up on this occasion”