As much as £4,000 worth of damage has been caused to one of Dundee United’s team buses after it was attacked following their match with Rangers on Saturday.
The Tangerines faced the Glasgow side at Ibrox, losing 1-0.
Scott McMann’s handball allowed Gers captain and right back James Tavernier to score a penalty in the 71st minute.
And yobs targeted a United team bus near a junction for the M8 motorway as the squad travelled back from the match.
A spokesperson for Central Coaches in Aberdeen, the bus company used by the Premiership side, said they believe items such as bricks and heavy stones were thrown at the bus which had some of Tam Courts’ squad inside it.
It resulted in the outer skin of two windows – on what is thought to be the left side of the bus – being smashed.
Repairs will cost between £3,000 and £4,000.
The firm insisted no glass or items made it inside the bus and that the eight players on board were unharmed.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, United players travelled in two coaches.
A second Tangerines bus was also slightly damaged during its journey home, with a traffic cone thrown at the rear of the bus slightly damaging its paintwork.
The eight stars on board the smashed-up bus were moved onto another vehicle and a temporary repair was carried out to ensure the damaged bus got back to its depot safely.
‘It is very disappointing’
The Central Coaches spokesperson said the incident has been reported to the police and that they are in the process of obtaining CCTV footage from both buses.
They added: “This is not something you see very much nowadays, there may have been a lot back in the day but it is not something that happens as much anymore.
“It is very disappointing.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We received a report of objects being thrown and smashing windows on a bus travelling northbound on the M74 around 6.30pm on Saturday, December 18.
“There were no reports of any injuries. Enquiries are at an early stage.”