Po­lice urge fans to fo­cus on the foot­ball

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News -

Fans are be­ing urged by po­lice to stay “fo­cused on the foot­ball” at this week’s match be­tween Celtic and Lin­field.

Around 1,500 Lin­field sup­port­ers are ex­pected to travel from Belfast to see their club play in Glasgow in a Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fier to­mor­row.

Of­fi­cers said there will be a “ro­bust” polic­ing plan in place and they have ad­vised peo­ple to com­ply with all safety and se­cu­rity ar­range­ments at Celtic Park.

Celtic had re­fused their ticket al­lo­ca­tion for the first leg of the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round match in Belfast on Fri­day due to se­cu­rity fears.

How­ever, there were around 300 Hoops fans in the Kop stand, set aside for them, to see goals from Scott Sin­clair and Tom Rogic give the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons a 2-0 lead for the re­turn match at Celtic Park.

The game was hit by trou­ble, how­ever, when Celtic striker Leigh Grif­fiths had a bot­tle thrown at him as he pre­pared to take a cor­ner kick.

Po­lice Scot­land’s event com­man­der, Su­per­in­ten­dent Craig Smith, said: “Any­one who is in­tent in caus­ing dis­or­der or hate crime can ex­pect to be ar­rested by po­lice.

“Let’s keep this match fo­cused on the foot­ball.”

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