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Covid in Scotland: Police urge large Rangers crowds to disperse Covid in Scotland: Police urge large Rangers crowds to disperse
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Rangers fans started gathering outside the stadium on Saturday morning Hundreds of fans packed together outside the ground
Police have urged Rangers fans to disperse after crowds poured onto the streets of Glasgow to celebrate their club's Scottish Premiership title win.Police have urged Rangers fans to disperse after crowds poured onto the streets of Glasgow to celebrate their club's Scottish Premiership title win.
Supporters started gathering outside Ibrox Stadium more than four hours ahead of the final league game of the season against Aberdeen.Supporters started gathering outside Ibrox Stadium more than four hours ahead of the final league game of the season against Aberdeen.
There was a significant police presence throughout the pre-match celebrations.There was a significant police presence throughout the pre-match celebrations.
Glasgow remains in level 3 of Covid lockdown restrictions, with large gatherings outdoors not permitted.Glasgow remains in level 3 of Covid lockdown restrictions, with large gatherings outdoors not permitted.
The crowds increased in the lead-up to today's 12:30 kick-offThe crowds increased in the lead-up to today's 12:30 kick-off
A Greater Glasgow Police statement said: "Our operation ahead of the Rangers v Aberdeen match has started. A Greater Glasgow Police statement said: "Officers will be deploying at a number of locations including Ibrox Stadium and George Square.
"Officers will be deploying at a number of locations including Ibrox Stadium and George Square.
"Supporters congregating should disperse, take personal responsibility and use Greater Glasgow safely and respectfully.""Supporters congregating should disperse, take personal responsibility and use Greater Glasgow safely and respectfully."
Rangers ask fans not to gather for trophy
Police condemn Rangers 'lack of support' over crowds
Ch Supt Mark Sutherland, divisional commander for Greater Glasgow division, added: "Under the current restrictions, no-one should be gathering in numbers of more than six at the stadium or any other location.
"Police Scotland supports the club in urging its fans to do the right thing and follow the coronavirus regulations around gatherings.
"We will continue to liaise with our partners, including the Scottish government, to ensure matches can be completed safely and to minimise the risk to both our officers and the public."
Fan swarmed around the team bus as it pulled up at Ibrox StadiumFan swarmed around the team bus as it pulled up at Ibrox Stadium
Scotland Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf tweeted: "While there is a significant Police presence at Ibrox and across City, this is ultimately about personal responsibility. If you have gathered you should disperse, particularly given yesterday's announcement about Covid in Glasgow.
Rangers had asked supporters to mark the club's title success in a "safe and sensible manner".
Flares were set off by supporters among the crowdsFlares were set off by supporters among the crowds
Scotland's Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf also called on supporters to take "responsibility" for their actions while level three restrictions remain in place.
He tweeted: "While there is a significant Police presence at Ibrox and across City, this is ultimately about personal responsibility. If you have gathered you should disperse, particularly given yesterday's announcement about Covid in Glasgow.
Rangers had asked supporters to mark the club's title success in a "safe and sensible manner".
On Friday night, Rangers supporters set off a large number of red flares and smoke bombs on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow.
Rangers fans started gathering outside the stadium on Saturday morning
There was a large police presence throughout the build-up to Saturday's final game of the season
The Ibrox club's first title in a decade was wrapped up in early March when thousands of fans gathered outside Ibrox and in Glasgow city centre.The Ibrox club's first title in a decade was wrapped up in early March when thousands of fans gathered outside Ibrox and in Glasgow city centre.
Supporters were also accused of breaking coronavirus rules in Belfast and in Corby - which is known as "little Scotland" - following Rangers' win.Supporters were also accused of breaking coronavirus rules in Belfast and in Corby - which is known as "little Scotland" - following Rangers' win.
Hundreds of fans packed together outside the ground
There was a large police presence throughout the build-up to Saturday's final game of the season
Last May thousands of Liverpool fans flouted social distancing guidelines and gathered outside Anfield to celebrate the club's first Premier league title in 30 years.Last May thousands of Liverpool fans flouted social distancing guidelines and gathered outside Anfield to celebrate the club's first Premier league title in 30 years.
And in November hundreds of Celtic supporters defied the level four restrictions and converged on Celtic Park to call for the removal of the club's then manager Neil Lennon.And in November hundreds of Celtic supporters defied the level four restrictions and converged on Celtic Park to call for the removal of the club's then manager Neil Lennon.
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