A FOOTBALL fan is to stand trial for allegedly punching three police horses on his way to the Scottish Cup match last week.

Kevin McGuire, 35, is accused of “causing unnecessary suffering” to Nerston, Oban and Glasgow on January 19 at Kinloch Street on his way to see Celtic play Airdrieonians at Parkhead.

He is also accused of, while acting with others, behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by throwing missiles, including bottles, stones and lit cigarettes at stewards and police.

McGuire, from Cardonald, is charged with two police assaults, including allegedly trying to pull Sgt Mark Steinlet from his horse and punch him on the head and body.

He is also accused of resisting, obstructing and hindering an officer by running away, lashing out with his arms and struggling with him.

McGuire appeared from custody where he pleaded not guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court through his lawyer Kevin Brady.

Kieran Carvill, 19, from Pollok, is accused of acting in a threatening or abusive manner at London Road.

He is charged with running at opposition supporters also on their way to the football match, gesticulating and challenging them to fight.

Carvill faces a second charge of assaulting an unknown person at London Road and repeatedly pushing him on the head and body.

William Winstanley, 23, from Wigan, is accused of behaving in a threatening or abusive maker at Kent Street and shouting, swearing and gesticulating at football supporters on their way to the match.

Shaun Ross, 26, from Bellshill - who did not appear from custody - is charged with breaching the peace at Celtic Park by running onto the field.

All of the men denied the charges they face and were granted bail with trials to take place later this year.