Rangers fans gather across Glasgow after Premiership win

Fans broke social distancing rules for a second day as they gathered outside the football stadium to celebrate.

Rangers fans have broken lockdown rules for a second day after gathering outside Ibrox to celebrate the team’s Premiership title win. 

On Sunday, fans gathered outside the Glasgow stadium after Celtic drew with Dundee United, meaning Rangers cannot be caught at the top of the table and win their 55th top flight title.

Supporters also gathered in Glasgow’s George Square with flags and red, white and blue smoke bombs.

Police Scotland’s Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland confirmed a “small number” of arrests have been made.

He said: “We are continuing to police the ongoing gatherings of football supporters in both George Square and outside Ibrox stadium today.

“Public safety remains our utmost priority and I would again remind fans that, in line with the current Scottish Government coronavirus guidelines, all gatherings are currently restricted.

“Officers have made a small number of arrests and issued fixed penalty notices for breaches of the coronavirus restrictions, minor incidents of disorder and the use of pyrotechnic devices.

“We will continue with an appropriate policing response, as officers engage with those present, explain and encourage them to comply with the restrictions.

“Where appropriate, we have moved to enforcement and will continue to do so.”

Rangers supporters pictured at George Square in GlasgowGlasgow City Council

It’s the second time in two days fans have been in breach of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus restrictions, which ban public gatherings.

An early ‘title party’ was held outside the stadium on Saturday, however police said no arrests were made. 

The Scottish Government later stated it was “extremely disappointed” in the supporters, adding: “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.”

On Sunday, the First Minister congratulated the team on their win, but warned supporters gathering in crowds could “delay exit from lockdown for everyone else”.

She tweeted: “I congratulate Rangers FC on the title win and recognise what a moment this is for fans.

“But gathering in crowds just now risks lives, and could delay exit from lockdown for everyone else.

“If those gathering care at all about the safety of others and the country, they will go home.”

It follows Scotland’s justice secretary urging football fans to obey the “stay at home” message for public health reasons.

On Sunday, Humza Yousef tweeted: “Our primary reason for asking fans to obey the stay at home message is for public health reasons.

“However, be in no doubt UEFA will also be paying close attention as the Euros are around the corner.

“Stay at home, otherwise you are putting your life, and many others in danger.”

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