Topless thug who kicked Rangers fan unconscious after a brawl dodges jail

A topless thug who kicked a Rangers fan unconscious after he lunged at him with a "For Sale" sign has avoided jail.

Brian Burrell, 34, assaulted Derek Low outside The Windsor Tavern pub in the Partick area of Glasgow.

The attack left the victim motionless on the ground with two eye fractures and a broken nose which required surgery.

Burrell's shocking attack took place hours after Celtic had beaten Rangers 2-0 at Ibrox in an Old Firm match last September.

The thug pleaded guilty under provocation at Glasgow Sheriff Court to Low's assault.

Sheriff Martin Jones QC ordered the dad-of-one to do 200 hours of unpaid work and tagged him for six months, meaning he is forced to stay indoors between 8pm and 6am.

Burrell, a joiner from the city's Drumchapel, was told if he hadn't been provoked he would have gone to jail.

Sheriff Jones said: "This was an extremely serious offence and if you breach this order the consequences will be very serious."

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CCTV footage showed the horrific scenes outside the bar at around 7.45pm.

The pair were involved in a "disturbance" with Burrell, who was not wearing a shirt, later being ushered away from the scene.

Prosecutor Mark Allan said: "Mr Low was then seen to remove a 'For Sale' sign attached to a close next to the bar.

"He took the wooden pole and ran across the road after the accused and attempted to strike him with it.

"The accused struggled with him and removed the pole before assaulting him."

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Burrell repeatedly punched Low, who was wearing a Rangers top, before kneeing him in the head.

This caused him to strike his head on a railing as he fell before the attacker kicked him unconscious.

Burrell then stamped on and punched his head.

He was later traced by police officers, while Low was taken to the city's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.

Lawyer Harvie Diamond, defending, told the court Burrell also received treatment for a bump to his forehead, a wound to his back and a bite to his nipple.

He added: "Mr Burrell expresses his regret and in reply to charge he said it was self-defence but it has been explained that this went beyond that."

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