Rangers fan Maya Jama sparks Old Firm ‘war’ sending Celtic fans into meltdown

TV presenter Maya Jama says she sparked a "Celtic vs Rangers war" after posing in a Gers top.

A snap of the ex-Radio One presenter, 25, wearing a blue jersey belonging to the Scottish Premiership side recently emerged online.

She hailed the Ibrox outfit as her "Scottish team" and said in a now-deleted tweet that she was bought the top as a birthday present.

Maya wrote: "Not sure how you found this photo but I actually have a group of friends from Glasgow & for my birthday one of em got me that top & debated with the others for like a hour why I should be a Rangers fan…they can be my Scottish team."

But with the Old Firm derby among the most hostile in world football, she has since said the image sparked "World War 3" on social media.

Rangers fans flocked to the image to hail the star, while Celtic fans urged her to reconsider her allegiance.

In a later tweet, she wrote: "Ffs tryna have a relaxing weekend away & now I’ve started a Celtics v Rangers war in my mentions."

And then: "Celtic* loooool I’m logging out."

She later said she may have to consider being "mutual" in future.

Maya added: "Loool I bloody love the Scottish but I've now realised I have to be mutual in the football team department if I don't want world war 3 in my mentions."

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She also said on a video: "Also my grandad lived in Dollar in Scotland so what team do you support if you live there? Question."

Celtic vs Rangers is one of the most hotly-anticipated fixtures on the planet.

Their encounters are often ill-tempered, with hard tackles and on-field brawls a common sight for viewers.

Celtic's fanbase has a proud Irish patriotism and has traditionally been identified as Catholic.

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Meanwhile Rangers' fanbase is fiercely patriotic towards Great Britain, and has traditionally been known as protestant.

However, a range of football fans from different backgrounds support both clubs.

Mark Dingwall, Rangers Fanzine editor, told Daily Star Online last year that he felt the hostility between the clubs was at an all-time high.

He said: "I think part of it is social media, people can rant and rave 24 hours a day. Secondly, they can get a bigger audience than they can standing at the end of a pub. And thirdly, there are no controls for it.

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"It's very unlikely anybody is going to pull you up for bad language, or bad behaviour, so people do it more often and do it in a more vicious way.

"So I think it has gone up a notch. I would say in the last five years because phones are idiot proof, you've got a lot of idiots on mobile phones turning this stuff out, day after day on a scale and a volume that we have never seen before.

"It's obviously always been there, but I think the days when you could have said something admiring or respectful about another player are gone, because your own side would hold you down, and the opposition side will think you're taking the p*ss.

"There's no real room for nuance these days, there are very few places where Rangers and Celtic fans can have a sensible discussion."

Celtic will move ahead of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership if they win their game in hand.

The Hoops are chasing a historic tenth title in a row this season.

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