Rangers fans have gathered in their thousands at Ibrox in Glasgow ahead of the team collecting its first Scottish Premiership trophy in a decade.
Fans cheered and set off blue and red flares as players left the team bus before their home game against Aberdeen kicks off at 12.30pm.
After the trophy is lifted, hundreds of fans are expected to march into the heart of Glasgow, with the Union Bears fan group announcing plans to walk from the stadium to George Square.
‘No-one should be gathering’
Police Scotland called on the crowds to disperse and “take personal responsibility”, with fans asked to use Greater Glasgow safely and respectfully” after gathering to celebrate in spite of Covid restrictions.
Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, divisional commander for Greater Glasgow division, said: “Under the current restrictions no-one should be gathering in numbers of more than six at the stadium or any other location, and Police Scotland supports the club in urging its fans to do the right thing and follow the coronavirus regulations around gatherings.
“We will continue to liaise with our partners, including the Scottish Government, to ensure matches can be completed safely and to minimise the risk to both our officers and the public.
“The sacrifices people have made have allowed for further easing of regulations, however we continue to ask people to take personal responsibility and to use Greater Glasgow safely and respectfully.”
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf added that the “key point” for fans was taking “personal responsibility”.
He said on Twitter: “While there is a significant Police presence at Ibrox and across City, this is ultimately about personal responsibility. If you have gathered you should disperse, particularly given yday’s announcement about Covid in Glasgow.”
The Scottish Government previously criticised Rangers’ response after thousands of fans gathered outside Ibrox and in George Square on the weekend they clinched the title in early March.
Rangers were confirmed as champions two months ago, but have been made to wait for the trophy presentation to officially mark the club stopping Celtic's pursuit of 10 In A Row.
The team will lift the trophy on home turf this afternoon and supporters have been gathering early to watch the event unfold.
On Friday (14 May) night, scores of Rangers fans lit red flares simultaneously along the Clyde close to the Clyde Arc, known as the “squinty bridge”.
Earlier this week, Mr Yousaf urged supporters not to gather due to ongoing lockdown restrictions.
He wrote on Twitter: “Understand what an important season it has been for @RangersFC but I am urging fans not to gather during the trophy presentation on Saturday.
“I have had constructive engagement with RFC, @policescotland & @GlasgowCC – we’re all urging fans not to gather, virus has not gone away.”
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