Extra police for Old Firm
Extra police will be out on Rutherglen Main Street this Sunday ahead of the RangersCeltic Scottish Cup tie.
The area’s chief inspector says plans are in place to deal with trouble, with Rutherglen a short distance from Hampden.
Extra police will be out in force in Rutherglen on Sunday as Rangers and Celtic prepare to play each other at Hampden in the Scottish Cup.
With Rutherglen only two miles from the national stadium, Chief Inspector Gillian Scott confirmed they had plans in place to deal with any potential flashpoints.
The pair have met just once in the past four years, with Celtic winning 2-0 in a league cup semi-final last January.
Chief Inspector Scott said:“I want to assure the community of Rutherglen and Cambuslang that we have policing plans in place which will involve regular and vigorous visits to licensed premises and extra patrols around the Main Street, Rutherglen.
“Extra resources will be drafted in to provide support to our local community policing officers and provide extra attention to those areas and individuals who are known to engage in football related violence.
“I want to remind everyone that sectarian abuse will not be tolerated and will be dealt with firmly. Can I also remind you that drinking alcohol in a public place and urinating in public are offences and persons committing these offences will be prosecuted.
“I want to encourage everyone who is attending the match or watching it locally to enjoy the game but to bear in mind to act responsibly and keep themselves safe.”
Rivalry renewed Rangers and Celtic met last year at Hampden, and will do battle again this Sunday