Drink Warning For Hogmanay Old Firm Game

29 December 2016, 14:26

Celtic Rangers Crowd

Police have "robust'' plans in place to ensure public safety as Glasgow gears up for an Old Firm match on Hogmanay.

Police Scotland warned fans they will be refused entry to Ibrox if they have been drinking alcohol, and said extra officers will be on duty outside the stadium and in the city centre.

The decision to hold the Rangers v Celtic match at 12.15pm on December 31 has been heavily criticised, with the Scottish Licensed Trade Association branding it "senseless'', but police said they expect the majority of fans to be well behaved and warned those who are not will face the "full force of the law''.

The force urged people to plan their day in advance and drink responsibly.

Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty said: "This is no doubt an exciting weekend for many people, whether it's to enjoy a day of shopping at the sales, attending a football match, or gearing up to celebrate the new year.

"It does mean that the city will be busier throughout the day and night. Together with our partners, we have robust policing plans in place to account for this, with public safety being our priority.

"Given the time of year, it would be expected that alcohol will play a part in some of the activities but I would urge people to drink responsibly, plan your outing in advance and ensure you stay with friends and family who know where you are. Expect to see more officers in and around stadiums, shopping centres, on approaches to Glasgow and in the city centre itself.

"Much has been said about the Rangers v Celtic match taking place but I envisage that the majority of supporters will come and enjoy the game and leave safely. However, that small minority determined to cause disorder, anti-social or offensive behaviour will be met with the full force of the law.''