Celtic title party clean up costs increase by around £7,000

Fans flocked to the Merchant City following the Premiership title win but Glasgow City Council is continuing to pay for repair work following the gathering.

Celtic title party clean up costs rise after monument damaged and graffiti daubed on walls STV News

The bill for clearing up parts of Glasgow after Celtic fans descended on the Merchant City has risen to around £17,000 – according to new figures.

Supporters rushed to the Trongate area in the aftermath of the 6-0 victory over Motherwell on the final day of last season after lifting the Premiership trophy to celebrate their first title of the Ange Postecoglu era.

However, images afterwards show debris strewn across the area, while some were seen climbing into the historic Mercat Cross monument to continue the party.

Figures obtained by the Scottish Daily Express found Glasgow City Council had now shelled out an additional £7,000 on top of the initial £10,000 allocated for clean-up and traffic light repair.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request uncovered more than £4,000 had been sectioned off to fix parts of the 17th-century building which was damaged and had windows smashed during the day, while almost £3,000 has been budgeted to scrub off graffiti.

Several of those repair works remain ongoing, the FOI said.

Six arrests were made during the course of the celebrations on May 14 for offences including assault and “minor acts” of disorder.

A further four received fixed penalty fines, but Police Scotland said although there was an “unacceptable level of anti-social behaviour” there were “no serious incidents”.

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