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Police blast Celtic fans who set off flares before Rangers match saying their actions are disappointing – Daily Record

Police blast Celtic fans who set off flares before Rangers match saying their actions are disappointing – Daily Record

Police in Glasgow said they were ‘disappointed’ with fans at Saturday’s Celtic v Rangers match.

Match commander Superintendent Stevie Dolan revealed that pyrotechnics were set off outside Celtic Park before the game, despite Nicola Sturgeon, police and both clubs telling fans to stay away.

Celtic fans greeted the arrival of their heroes with smoke bombs and firecrackers that emitted green smoke and a banner that stated simply: “Today, nothing else matters”.

Officers said that no arrests were made at the stadium before, during or after the match that Rangers won 2-0.

The senior officer said: “Despite there being no spectators, a policing plan was in place in case of any issues outwith the stadium.

“Disappointingly, despite the clubs, government and police asking people to do the right thing and stay away, a minority of fans did gather near Celtic Park ahead of the match and pyrotechnics were used.

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“Our approach throughout the pandemic has been to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance, and encourage compliance, only using enforcement as a last resort.

“We will continue with that approach, but we will not hesitate to use enforcement action where it is necessary.”

The news came after The Record revealed how an outraged Rangers fans chief personally scrubbed off graffiti at a Celtic supporters club after vandals struck on Old Firm day.

David Black, chairman of the Irvine Rangers supporters club, gets down to work.

David Black, chairman of the Irvine Rangers Supporters Club, rushed to his rivals’ aid this morning after kerbs outside the No 1 Celtic Supporters Club in Irvine, Ayrshire were painted red and blue.

Armed with a brush, David made the two minute walk from his Gers base and scrubbed the kerbs while others cleaned off slogans daubed on walls.

A massive ‘RFC’ was sprayed at the entrance to the building in the town’s Bridgegate.

Rangers fans also took to social media to wind up their rivals after their team’s win with a cheeky tweet.

Celtic’s ultras had been making their way around Glasgow and putting up posters of past wins over their great rivals and within minutes of the full time whistle, Rangers had a bit of advice.

They posted an image from the Broomielaw area of Glasgow with Connor Goldson celebrating his goal against Celtic photoshopped into it.

And they added the caption: ” Put That On A Poster.”

Goldson’s double meant Rangers took all three points, with the Ibrox club winning back-to-back games at Celtic Park for the first time since 1995.

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