Ahead of the upcoming Old Firm match on 31st March, Club 1872 representatives met with Police Scotland and Rangers to discuss security and safety arrangements for Rangers supporters attending the game.
Club 1872 communicated concerns over the requirement for Rangers supporters to enter the stadium prior to 11am. We also questioned the security arrangements for supporters leaving the stadium, following issues with Rangers supporters being attacked after exiting the game at Celtic Park earlier this season.
Regarding the early entry, it was made clear that this was a decision made on safety grounds and was something Celtic had insisted upon. Other options were put forward and discussed by Police Scotland, Rangers and Celtic but were ruled out on safety grounds. Whilst we appreciate the inconvenience this causes to our travelling supporters, safety does take precedence and there are no grounds to challenge the decision that are likely to be successful, following issues with overcrowding at Celtic Park earlier in the season.
Police Scotland have assured us that they have taken account of the problems Rangers supporters faced exiting Celtic Park following the Old Firm game there earlier this season and that alternative arrangements which are now in place should improve this.
We will be meeting with Police Scotland again following the game so if our supporters do face similar, or other issues, these will be raised at that time.< Back