A footballer in Scotland has been criticised over comments about gays and lesbians.

Gay groups voiced concern over Rangers and Trinidad and Tobago star player, Marvin Andrews, after he said his church could “cure” lesbian Liberal Democrat MSP Margaret Smith, who announced her civil partnership plans last week.

The Ibrox defender, who is a devout Christian, labelled gays “an abomination” and said, “There is a demon in their spirits, their spirits are ill. But God can help them through his church and anyone who doubts this can check the bible.”

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told the Mirror: “The Scottish Football Association (SFA) must discipline him for stirring up hate and prejudice. If a footballer made similar remarks about blacks or Asians they would face serious disciplinary action.”

“The same should apply to those who encourage prejudice and discrimination against gays and lesbians.”

Rangers football club declined to comment.