SIX thugs guilty of a savage gangland murder plot, including an ambush on a former soldier in Clydebank, have been jailed for a total of more than 104 years.

Lord Mulholland told the mob at the High Court in Glasgow there was no place in Scotland for the “law of the jungle”.

The gang were said to be part of the Lyons crime clan – long-time enemies of the Daniel crew in the north of Glasgow.

A wave of violence erupted in December 2016 escalating after the school shooting of Ross Monaghan – once cleared of murdering Daniel enforcer Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll.

Five men were ambushed in a series of hits over a 15-month period.

Innocent Ryan Fitzsimmons was ambushed outside his family home in Clydebank on April 28 2017.

Lord Mulholland today said he was a “hard working man” living quietly with his mum.

His brother Martyn had just been held for trying to kill Ross Monaghan outside a primary school in Glasgow's Penilee months earlier.

Martyn, an ex-squaddie jailed for 10 years for his role in a crime supergang in 2018, was eventually cleared of shooting Mr Monaghan.

Ryan was heading to work when up to five masked men jumped out a car and attacked him with a sword.

He told the trial: “I can remember vividly as if it [the weapon] was getting stuck in my head and that it was an effort to get it out.

“It was as if they were trying to chop the top of my head off. It felt like death was coming.”

The supermarket worker – also a former soldier – had been a keen runner and was training for the London Marathon.

But he is now no longer able to live on his own as a result of his ordeal.

He said he had no enemies and had “never been involved in crime”.

Lord Mulholland commented: “He suffered extensive injuries, has had to give up work and is now dependent on his mother.”

Andrew Sinclair, 32, was said to have boasted that he had “done a c***” days after Ryan was hurt.

He was jailed for 13 years and three months.

Brian Ferguson, 37, Andrew Gallacher, 40, and John Hardie, 35, were all each jailed for 20 years.

Robert Pickett, 54, was locked up for 16 years while Peter Bain, 45, was sentenced to 15 years.

They were convicted of conspiracy to murder following an earlier 14-week trial.

Steven "Bonzo” Daniel – nephew of late crimelord Jamie Daniel – was a primary target.

The ex-taxi firm boss suffered grotesque facial wounds after an attack near Glasgow's M8 motorway in May 2017.

Lord Mulholland told them: “Steven Daniel gave evidence and said that he was not aware of a feud between the Lyons and Daniel families.

“I did not believe a word and, more importantly, neither did the jury.”

The judge described the murder plot as “sophisticated” involving high-tech tracker devices and encrypted mobile phones.

But, he added the gang were undone by “good old fashioned detective work”.

Lord Mulholland then told them: “You sought to turn Glasgow into a warzone with your feud.

“This is a civilised country based on the rule of law. There is no place for this type of conduct, retribution or the law of the jungle.”

Some of the six appeared not to be put out by the lengthy jail-terms as they returned to the cells.

Gallacher made a clenched fist gesture as he headed downstairs.

Ferguson appeared to salute supporters in court while Bain grinned and gave a thumbs up.

Security was once again tight as the six appeared for sentencing with armed police patrolling the building.

The attacks occurred amid a reported a long-running tit-for-tat feud between the Lyons and Daniel clans.

The six face a further hearing later in the year after prosecutors moved for serious crime prevention orders to be slapped on them.