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Rangers fans break lockdown for ‘title party’ outside Ibrox

Steven Gerrard’s side are close to securing the Scottish Premiership title.

Rangers fans broke lockdown rules by gathering outside Ibrox Stadium ahead of Saturday’s match with St Mirren.

Steven Gerrard’s side are potentially just one win away from securing the Scottish Premiership title.

Rangers: Supporters gathered in celebration ahead of the match with St Mirren.SNS Group

If the Light Blues beat The Buddies on Saturday and Celtic drop points away to Dundee United on Sunday, Rangers will be crowned champions.

However if the Hoops win at Tannadice, it then sets up a potential title showdown at Celtic Park on March 21.

With the title in sight, Rangers fans gathered in Glasgow to kick-start the celebrations. However, the early ‘title party’ was in breach of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus restrictions.

Police: Supporters broke the lockdown rules.SNS Group

Under Covid-19 rules, public gatherings are banned and a maximum of two people from two households are allowed to meet outdoors.

Football games are still taking place, but are behind closed doors with no fans.

Footage shared on social media showed the Rangers supporters singing about winning title number 55, waving flags, and setting off red, white and blue smoke bombs.

Police Scotland said no one was arrested.

Chief superintendent Mark Sutherland said: “About 10am today, March 6, a large number of supporters gathered outside Ibrox Stadium and a number of pyrotechnic devices were set off.

“I would remind supporters that in line with current Scottish Government coronavirus guidelines, all gatherings are currently prohibited and we would urge members of the public to comply with these restrictions.

“Our priority is public safety and an appropriate policing plan was in place and officers engaged with those present to explain and encourage compliance with restrictions.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Government added: “We are extremely disappointed supporters have gathered at Ibrox today.

“At this crucial stage of suppressing the virus, the actions of this minority of individuals jeopardises the safety of other supporters, the police on duty and the wider community.

“We will continue to engage with Police Scotland and the club.”