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Celtic step up security after Old Firm postponement warning

Celtic have urged fans to stay away from the stadium as they step up security measures.

Celtic step up security after Old Firm postponement warning STV News

Celtic have stepped up security at their stadium after the Scottish Government warned that their match against Rangers could be postponed.

The Parkhead club have put up barriers around Celtic Park and also urged fans to stay away from the area during the Premiership match on March 21.

Celtic confirmed they will take part in talks with the Scottish Government and police to discuss preparations for the game against their Glasgow rivals.

The fixture remains under threat after thousands of Rangers fans broke lockdown rules to celebrate their league title victory last weekend.

Several memorial benches in George Square were broken and police officers were assaulted.

There were also ugly scenes at Celtic Park before Christmas as fans protested against the club’s poor form.

A decision on whether the Old Firm game can go ahead will be made early next week.

Celtic said: “The Scottish Government has already made clear to Celtic that it does not in any way associate the scenes last weekend with Celtic or our supporters.

“Although Celtic and our supporters are desperate to get back to Celtic Park to support the team, the club and our supporters are of course mindful of the risks associated with public gatherings at this important time.

“The club has been clear in our messaging to our supporters of the importance of staying at home in line with applicable guidance throughout the pandemic.” 

A statement added: “Given the damage caused to club property recently, the club has already taken steps to enhance security and protection of our property at Celtic Park.”