ENJOY the match, plan ahead and behave responsibly – that’s the message from Police Scotland to Rangers and Celtic supporters ahead of the SPFL fixture between the two teams at Ibrox Stadium this Saturday 29 December 2018.
Superintendent Mark Sutherland, said that Police Scotland have planned extensively and worked closely with both clubs and partners to ensure the safety of the public.
He added: “We want everyone to go to, watch and get home safely after the match.
“On Saturday we want the focus to be on the football and I am urging the thousands of supporters attending the match, and watching on television or in pubs and clubs to behave responsibly.”
Police Scotland have also said supporters going to the match should plan their journeys in advance and be aware that there will be changes to the usual way they get in and out of the stadium, particularly for Celtic supporters.
They should arrive early and follow advice of stewards and police on duty as they are there to assist.
Superintendent Sutherland continued:
“I know the majority of the supporters attending the matches are well-behaved and enjoy the game. However, we know from previous matches that there is a small minority who may take the decision to become involved in dangerous and criminal anti-social behaviour.
“There have been well-documented and concerning incidents at matches this season including missile and coin throwing. Missiles, including coins, thrown from distance or height are extremely dangerous and risks serious personal injury to anyone struck.
“Supporters of both teams should also take personal responsibility for their own actions, respect each other and those around them. I would expect and urge genuine supporters of both clubs to challenge the behaviour of anyone who behaves in an ill-judged way and report anything that concerns them to stewards in the first instance.
“My advice for anyone going to the match at Ibrox is to plan your travel, arrive in plenty of time to get into the stadium safely and drink responsibly. But most of all enjoy the match, the unique atmosphere and occasion.”