Ex­tra po­lice for Old Firm

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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

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