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Covid in Scotland: Rangers and police urge large crowds to disperse Rangers crowds march on Glasgow city centre after title win
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Fans clambered onto the stadium gates after the match Supporters arrived in huge numbers at George Square in Glasgow city centre
Rangers and the police have urged fans to disperse after crowds poured onto the streets of Glasgow to celebrate their Scottish Premiership title win. Thousands of Rangers supporters have marched on Glasgow city centre to celebrate their club's Scottish Premiership title win.
Supporters started gathering outside Ibrox Stadium four hours ahead of the final league game of the season against Aberdeen, which Rangers won 4-0. The club and the police had urged fans to disperse after they gathered at Ibrox Stadium for the final game of the season as Rangers beat Aberdeen 4-0.
There was a significant police presence throughout the celebrations.There was a significant police presence throughout the 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.
Hundreds of fans packed together outside the ground Supporters marched from Ibrox after the final league game of the season
The crowds had increased in the lead-up to today's 12:30 kick-off Fans clambered onto the stadium gates after the match
The post-match procession made its way through the streets between Ibrox and Glasgow city centre
Fans clambered onto the gates outside the stadium after the final whistle. Flares and smoke bombs were also set off.Fans clambered onto the gates outside the stadium after the final whistle. Flares and smoke bombs were also set off.
Large numbers of fans then marched towards Glasgow city centre and unofficial celebrations in George Square.Large numbers of fans then marched towards Glasgow city centre and unofficial celebrations in George Square.
Supporters march to George Square after the game
The post-match procession made its way through the streets between Ibrox and Glasgow city centre
A Greater Glasgow Police statement said: "Officers will be deploying at a number of locations including Ibrox Stadium and George Square.A Greater Glasgow Police statement said: "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."
Hundreds of fans packed together outside the ground
The crowds had increased in the lead-up to today's 12:30 kick-off
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.
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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.""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."
Rangers tweeted "We are the champions" and encouraged fans to celebrate "in a safe and sensible manner" and disperse from Ibrox. After the match, Rangers tweeted "We are the champions" and repeated an earlier call for fans to celebrate "in a safe and sensible manner" and disperse from Ibrox.
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.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.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.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 line the Clyde with flares Rangers fans lined the River Clyde with flares on Friday night
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.
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
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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