Rangers say fans were 'attacked by bottles and missiles' at Parkhead

Ibrox club say they are also 'collating evidence of possible hate crimes' following Old Firm derby on Sunday.

Rangers say fans were ‘attacked by bottles and missiles’ at Parkhead Alan Harvey via SNS Group

Rangers say they have raised concerns with Celtic and Police Scotland after their supporters were “attacked by bottles and other missiles” during Sunday’s Old Firm clash.

The Ibrox club said they had received reports of injuries sustained by elderly and disabled supporters at Parkhead.

Rangers also say they are “collating evidence of possible hate crimes” that will be reported to police “as a matter of urgency”.

Sunday’s crucial Premiership clash finished 1-1, keeping Rangers six points behind the Hoops with only three fixtures remaining.

In a statement, Rangers said: “We are disappointed with the police response after the Old Firm derby at Parkhead today. Our support was left unprotected as they were attacked by bottles and other missiles.

“Reports so far include injuries to elderly and disabled supporters. Furthermore, we are collating evidence of possible hate crimes which will be reported to Police Scotland as a matter of urgency.

“We intend to raise our concerns with Police Scotland and Celtic during the debrief.”

Police Scotland said “a proportionate plan” was in place to support the safety operation led by Celtic at Sunday’s match and “to deal swiftly with any acts of violence, disorder and anti-social behaviour”.

Eight people were arrested for various offences including disorder, pyrotechnics and religiously aggravated offences. Two of these arrests were within the stadium.

Chief superintendent Stevie Dolan said: “I would like to thank the vast majority of fans who enjoyed the fixture and followed club and police advice.

“We are aware of missiles being thrown between groups of supporters within the stadium, one of which struck a police officer who thankfully was not seriously injured.

“Any reports we receive from members of the public relating to match related incidents will be investigated.

“Further enquiries into disorder on Fielden Street before the match are being carried and we will continue to work in partnership with football clubs to ensure that such events take place safely.

“Anyone with any information relating to any of these incidents should contact Police Scotland via 101.”

In a Celtic statement by way of response, the Parkhead club referred back to the trip to Ibrox last month when at half-time in the 2-1 win a member of their backroom staff was allegedly struck by a glass bottle which required him to have stitches.

The statement also claimed that Hoops fans were “targeted with missiles” at Celtic Park.

A spokesperson for Celtic said: “We are still working through the recent events at Ibrox, including the assaults on our staff members and supporters.

“It is extremely regrettable that again our supporters have been targeted with missiles, including bottles and seating, ripped from our seating deck, resulting in injury to fans and stewards.

“We will be liaising with all relevant parties in order that a wide range of issues are fully addressed in the appropriate manner.”

STV News is now on WhatsApp

Get all the latest news from around the country

Follow STV News
Follow STV News on WhatsApp

Scan the QR code on your mobile device for all the latest news from around the country

WhatsApp channel QR Code