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Rangers crowds march on Glasgow city centre after title win Rangers crowds march on Glasgow city centre after title win
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Supporters arrived in huge numbers at George SquareSupporters arrived in huge numbers at George Square
Thousands of Rangers supporters have marched on Glasgow city centre to celebrate their club's Scottish Premiership title win.Thousands of Rangers supporters have marched on Glasgow city centre to celebrate their club's Scottish Premiership title win.
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.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. Police Scotland said some arrests had been made for anti-social behaviour.
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.
Glasgow city centre was taken over by celebrating fans
Supporters marched from Ibrox after the final league game of the season
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.
Marching fans pack the 'squinty' bridge over the River Clyde
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.
A Greater Glasgow Police statement said: "Officers will be deploying at a number of locations including Ibrox Stadium and George Square. Police Scotland said it had declined a request to facilitate the march to George Square and urged the crowd to go home.
"Supporters congregating should disperse, take personal responsibility and use Greater Glasgow safely and respectfully."
Fans clambered onto the stadium gates after the match
Hundreds of fans packed together outside the ground
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.
Rangers lift trophy in record styleRangers lift trophy in record style
Rangers ask fans not to gather for trophyRangers 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, said: "Today is understandably a significant day for Rangers Football Club and its supporters. We understand the importance of football in Glasgow.
"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 are however still in the midst of a pandemic and under Coronavirus restrictions people should not be gathering for any reason."
Glasgow city centre was taken over by celebrating fans
The post-match procession made its way through the streets between Ibrox and Glasgow city centre
Police Scotland said the march was "largely peaceful in nature" and it would not be proportionate to disperse the crowd by force.
Ch Supt Sutherland added: "We will continue to police these events in a proportionate manner and officers are engaging with those who have gathered and are encouraging dispersal while tackling any anti-social behaviour."
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.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.
The crowds had increased in the lead-up to today's 12:30 kick-off Fans clambered onto the stadium gates after the match
Flares were set off by supporters among the crowds Hundreds of fans packed together outside the ground
Crowds increased in the lead-up to the 12:30 kick-off
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.
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 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.
There was a large police presence throughout the build-up to Saturday's final game of the season
Rangers fans lined the River Clyde with flares on Friday night
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.
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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