St Mirren chairman John Needham has been slapped with a £6000 SFA fine for posting obscene tweets about Rangers.

The Paisley chief was charged with making "discriminatory or offensive" comments and was hit with the bumper fine on Thursday after appearing in front of an independent disciplinary tribunal at Hampden.

He was found to have broken three rules and was hit with the fine – £1000 of which is suspended until the end of the season.

Rangers wrote to St Mirren as well as the SFA and SPFL to register their anger the comments. Needham was charged with bringing the game into disrepute, making comments of a discriminatory or offensive nature, and acting in an improper manner while using indecent or insulting words or behaviour.

The St Mirren supremo was forced to make a grovelling apology to Ibrox bosses when the sides met in October after it emerged he had branded Gers fans “h*ns” as well as referring to the club as “Sevco”.

In another message - replying to a photograph of Rangers supporters crossing the Squinty Bridge in Glasgow, Needham said: “Here’s hoping the Squinty Bridge tips as well. Second thoughts… the pollution would be awful.”

The banker took over as Buddies chairman in the summer when the club came under fan ownership. He has not posted on Twitter since his apology.

But his remarks were condemned by anti-sectarianism campaigners Nil By Mouth as well as the club’s own charity partners – kids charity Kibble.

St Mirren chairman John Needham
St Mirren chairman John Needham

Apologising last month he said: "On Friday 22 October a number of Tweets I created in the past referring to Rangers fans were highlighted on Twitter.

"As a club chairman I have extra responsibility for the conduct and example I show.

“These posts are completely inappropriate and do not reflect my character or beliefs as a person and I very much regret them.

"I apologise unreservedly to the directors and fans of Rangers and to everyone at St Mirren. I am acutely aware of my responsibilities. This won't happen again.”