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Rangers v Celtic match to proceed after call-off warning

The fixture at Celtic Park was at risk after Rangers fans breached lockdown to celebrate their team’s title win. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the scenes as “disgraceful”. Police said there had been a “lack of support” from the club.

‘Significant police presence’

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has urged fans to stay away from Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

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Police Scotland say they will make arrests if there are mass gatherings after the match. Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins urges fans to stay at home. The match is due to kick off at noon on Saturday.

‘Spike in infections’

Officers made 28 arrests following the mass gatherings outside Ibrox and in Glasgow’s George Square. Scotland’s chief medical officer Dr Gregor Smith warned there was a “real risk” the celebrations would lead to a spike in Covid infections.

Police containing crowd at George Square

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