No arrests at Old Firm
No sectarian or football related incidents
The behaviour of football fans in Rutherglen and Cambuslang has been praised by the police.
There were no arrests in the towns related to Sunday’s Old Firm clash.
A large-scale fight broke out on Rutherglen Main Street hours after Sunday’s Old Firm derby, but cops have praised the overall behaviour of local fans.
We reported last week that police were deploying extra resources to Rutherglen given the town’s proximity to Hampden.
And it is also understood there was a large police presence in Cambuslang, where police attended a number of incidents.
However, no arrests were made in either town for football- related disorder although one off licence was reported for selling booze outwith licenced hours.
Eye witnesses reported around a dozen people fighting outside the An Ruadh-Ghleann pub on Rutherglen Main Street at around 9pm.
They fled when police arrived on the scene and CCTV was unable to capture any of the perpretrators.
One resident said: “There were two girls fighting then all of sudden all hell broke loose.”
It is unclear if the incident was related to the game, which Rangers won on penalties.
Chief inspector Gillian Scott told the Reformer there had been a “minimal number of incidents.”
She said: “Last weekend was successful for our Lanarkshire Police Division in terms of the number of football related incidents attended by officers.
“Due to the robust policing of my response and community policing officers the residents of Rutherglen and Cambuslang were able to enjoy the weekend’s football safely.
“Our policing plan for the match involved regular and vigorous visits of licensed premises within the sub division which resulted in one licensed premises in Cambuslang being reported for selling alcohol out with the hours permitted by their licence.
“I am pleased to inform you that there was no reported sectarian incidents and no football related assaults.
“I would like to thank all of my officers who provided support over the weekend, particularly those who were working on what would have been their days off and also a big thank you to the residents of Cambuslang and Rutherglen for enjoying the weekend’s football responsibly.”
The game itself passed off peacefully, with only nine arrests made.
It proved to be an epic encounter with the teams drawing 1-1 at full-time and 2-2 at the end of extra time before the Ibrox men went through 5-4 in a nerve wracking penalty shoot out.
They will take on Hibernian in the final at Hampden on May 21, when traffic will again be heavy on the Main Street and around Toryglen and King’s Park.
Best behaviour Rutherglen police praised the behaviour of fans on the day of the Old Firm game