The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Warning to Old Firm fans to behave
Police say they are “well aware of the significance” of the latest Old Firm match this weekend where Celtic can clinch the Scottish Premiership title.
The Celtic Park side meet Rangers at the venue on Sunday and are looking to win a seventh successive league title.
Recent matches, including a Scottish Cup semi final two weeks ago, have passed without major incident but police have issued a warning about behaviour, particularly with regard to fireworks.
Superintendent John McBride, match commander for the game, said: “These devices are extremely dangerous
“Be responsible and if you are drunk you won’t be allowed in”
and endanger the safety of those around you as well as your own safety.
“Be aware that it is illegal to possess these devices without a lawful authority and it’s illegal to enter the stadium with them.
“We will take action, you will be arrested and specially trained dogs will be at the stadium to prevent people trying to smuggle them in.
“Anyone who becomes involved in disorder, sectarianism or acts of violence will be dealt with in the same way.
“It is well-documented that drinking to excess leads to increased levels of violence and disorder.
“I am urging supporters to behave responsibly and be aware that if you’re drunk you won’t be allowed entry.
“In the past we have conducted successful retrospective investigations. So if you’re not arrested on the day for your antisocial or disorderly behaviour don’t think you have escaped action. We are well aware of the significance of this match.”