The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Warn­ing to Old Firm fans to be­have

- BY PAUL WARD

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.”

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