DOZENS of vile trolls have been condemned for flooding social media with cruel comments aimed at former Rangers star Nacho Novo who is recovering from a heart attack.

Many of the comments echo a “song” which has been sung and aimed at the star in the past.

It contains the lyrics: “I hope you die in your sleep Nacho Novo, I hope you die in your sleep, I pray…”

Leading anti-racism charity Nil By Mouth blasted the trolls “bigoted, poisonous behaviour” which showed them to be “a pretty poor excuse for a human being.”

One tweet said: “Hope you die within a week nacho novo!”

Another user posted: “Nacho novo , won’t see ten in a row.” 

Nil By Mouth, a charity set up by the 52nd Evening Times SWOTY Cara Henderson, was among those quick to condemn the trolls.

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said: “This type of bigoted, poisonous behaviour is sadly becoming more and more prevalent on social media sites as attention seeking wannabes try and beat each other in a race to the bottom. 

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald:

“If your reaction to someone having an heart attack is to gloat because they once played for a rival football club in an effort to get other morons to click ‘like’ you’re a pretty poor excuse for a human being.”

One Twitter user wrote: “This is just disgusting from Celtic fans. Yes I appreciate not all of them have this opinion, in fact many of the are very respectful and wish Nacho Novo a speedy recovery, but it’s just people like this that make Celtic look bad, wishing he’d ‘die within a week’.”

Another added: “Get well soon Wee Nacho Novo. Absolutely disgusting the amount of tweets from ‘rival’ fans of our club wanting an ex footballer to die. This country’s football is pure poisonous.”

As reported by the Evening Times, the former Rangers striker is in a stable condition after suffering a heart attack on Saturday evening.

The 38-year-old was featuring for Rangers in the AOK Traditionsmasters 2018 in Berlin when he was taken ill after they had been knocked out of the round-robin tournament.

He was rushed to hospital from the Max-Schmeling-Halle arena before undergoing emergency surgery.

Rangers confirmed that Novo, who played at Ibrox between 2004 and 2010, is in a stable condition.

The Ibrox club said in a statement: “The Club can confirm that Nacho Novo took ill after playing in the AOK Traditionmasters tournament in Berlin. 

He was admitted to hospital and is in a stable condition.

“Everyone at the club wishes Nacho a speedy recovery.”

His model girlfriend has thanked fans and loved ones for their support.
Stephanie Heaney, 33, said her other half has been “getting lots of rest” and is being “well looked after” by “amazing” doctors.