Celtic fan who demanded Brendan Rodgers’ return as manager loses it in lockdown

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A Celtic fan who famously demanded Brendan Rodgers' return as manager during an armed siege faced court over a lockdown quarrel with his partner.

The Celtic boss left the Glasgow giants to manage Leicester City on February 26, 2019, but three weeks later, Shaun McConville threatened to behead hostages if he didn't return to the club.

He caused £4,500 worth of damage as he told police they would only end the siege by killing him.

And McConville, who was born in Celtic's centenary year of 1988, has now landed in more hot water over the events of May 28 last year, Daily Record reports.

That was the day First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the first lockdown, which had been in place since March 24, would come to an end.

But McConville, 33, lost the plot at a property in Paisley, near Glasgow.

He acted aggressively, repeatedly shouted, made threats and bawled insults, refused to leave, damaged a bike and placed girlfriend Jasmine O'Neill in a state of fear and alarm or distress.

McConville, of Paisley, admitted his guilt over the incident last year, pleading guilty to a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive way, in breach of Section 38(1) of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010.

The case was adjourned for him to be of good behaviour, and he returned to the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court today.

He also appeared in court for a review of his progress on the Community Payback Order (CPO) he was placed on over the Brendan Rodger siege.

Defence solicitor Rhona Lynch said McConville continued to engage with the CPO and was dealing with personal demons when he committed his latest offence.

The lawyer explained: "His mental health wasn't great, he was struggling with the lockdown and had taken alcohol."

She said he had split the couple had split following the incident but are now back together.

After hearing that McConville had spent a number of days in police custody over the most recent case, Sheriff Eoin McGinty adjourned both cases until later in the year.

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