The Rangers have identified the fans responsible for singing a racist song about Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi and banned them from attending matches indefinitely.

Rangers opened an investigation on Sunday after footage surfaced on social media and the Scottish champions confirmed it is now closed.

“The people involved have been identified and will be banned from all Rangers games indefinitely,” said a statement released by the club on Monday.

“In addition, the RSC (Rangers Supporters Club), of which they were a member and with whom they had traveled to the game, were banned from receiving tickets for future games.”

Scottish police confirmed Monday that they had contacted Rangers via the video.

“The Scottish Police are aware of a video that is being shared on social media and officers are contacting the club to conduct a relevant investigation,” said a statement.

Celtic tweeted Sunday night to condemn the “disgusting and pathetic” footage, adding that they would give Furuhashi their “full support”.

“If the reports are accurate, such obnoxious and pathetic racist behavior directed against Kyogo Furuhashi deserves absolute condemnation,” the tweet read.

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Furuhashi posted a tweet on Monday that read, “I’ll never go alone #notoracism”

“Unfortunately, some Celtic players have received similar racist insults in recent years.

“As a club that is open to all, we stand firmly against racism in all its forms and we will give Kyogo our full support. All interest groups must work together to combat all forms of bigotry.”

Furuhashi posted a tweet on Monday saying, “I’ll never go alone #notoracism”.

The 26-year-old joined Celtic from Japanese club Vissel Kobe this summer and scored a hat trick on his home debut against Dundee earlier this month.

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The Japan international has scored five goals in seven games so far this season.

Rangers will receive Celtic live on Sky Sports in the first Old Firm game of the season on Sunday at the Ibrox.

The hoops will be without fans after the Rangers withdrew around 700 away tickets for the game.

The champions made the decision after Celtic couldn’t guarantee a similar agreement would be reached for the January second leg at Parkhead.

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