DAVID MARTINDALE hit out at the 'doughballs with the snowballs' for embarrassing Rangers and Scottish football during Livingston's Premiership defeat on Sunday.

A section of Rangers supporters delayed the second half at the Tony Macaroni Arena after lobbing snowballs towards keeper Max Stryjek as the teams returned to the pitch after the interval.

Martindale pleaded with fans to stop their idiotic actions whilst staff cleared the park as both sets of players tried to keep warm during a lengthy halt to proceedings.

Rangers went on to record a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Scott Arfield, Joe Aribo and Fashion Sakala as Giovanni van Bronckhorst clinched a crucial win on his league debut as boss.

And Martindale criticised the minority of fans that took the shine off the result for Rangers by forcing referee David Munro to delay the start of the second half.

Martindale said: “We shouldn’t be standing here talking about the doughballs with the snowballs.

“I just don’t understand it. You could maybe see if it your team is getting beat and there is a bit of frustration there.

“But when your team is winning 2-1, to hold up the second half - I don’t understand that at all.

“I just think it’s a little bit of a blight on Scottish football - it’s on telly!

“It’s on national telly and people are watching that so, come on, screw the nut a wee bit.

“I know the majority of Rangers fans were not throwing snowballs but it doesn’t look good for anyone.

“It doesn’t look good for Rangers, it doesn’t look good for Livingston and it doesn’t look good for Scottish football. That’s my take on it anyway.

“Rangers should be going away from here talking about the 3-1 win in Gio’s first game, their first three points under the new manager.

“But instead we are talking about the Rangers fans throwing snowballs at the Livingston players at the start of the second half. It’s just stupid and I don’t understand it."