Police urged Ranger fans to disperse after thousands took to the streets of Ibrox before the team claimed their first Scottish Premiership trophy in a decade.
Fans had set off blue and red flares hours before kick-off and they cheered and chanted as the players left the team bus ahead of their home game against Aberdeen.
The Greater Glasgow Police asked them to “disperse and take personal responsibility and use Greater Glasgow safely and with respect”.
Our pre-Rangers v Aberdeen operation has started.
The officers will be deployed to a number of locations, including Ibrox Stadium and George Square.
Fans who gather should be dispersed, take personal responsibility and use Greater Glasgow safely and with respect. pic.twitter.com/XU1ARkuJZV
– Greater Glasgow Police (@GreaterGlasgPol) May 15, 2021
Once the trophy is lifted, hundreds of fans are expected to march through the heart of Glasgow, with the Union Bears fan group announcing their intention to walk from the stadium to George Square.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf added that the “key point” for fans was to take “personal responsibility”.
He said on Twitter: “Although there is a significant police presence in Ibrox and throughout the city, it is ultimately a personal responsibility. If you have come together you should disperse, especially given the Covid announcement in Glasgow “.
This is the key point – taking personal responsibility.
While there is a significant police presence in Ibrox and throughout the city, this is ultimately a personal responsibility. If you’ve gathered you should disperse, especially given today’s announcement on Covid in Glasgow. https://t.co/TOEUSbIzTo
– Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) May 15, 2021
The Scottish government had previously criticized the Rangers’ response after thousands of fans gathered outside Ibrox and in George Square on the weekend they won the title in early March.
On Friday night, dozens of Ranger fans lit red rockets simultaneously along the Clyde near the Clyde Arc, known as the ‘squinty bridge’.
Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, Greater Glasgow Division Commander, said: “Under current restrictions no one should assemble by more than six at the stadium or any other location, and Police Scotland are supporting the club by urging their fans to do the right thing and follow 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 minimize risk to our officers and the public.
“The sacrifices people have made have made the regulations more flexible, but we continue to ask people to take personal responsibility and use Greater Glasgow safely and with respect.”
Earlier this week, Yousaf urged supporters not to rally.
He wrote on Twitter: “Understand how important this season has been for @RangersFC, but I urge fans not to come together at the trophy presentation on Saturday.
“I have had constructive engagement with RFC, @policescotland and @GlasgowCC – we urge all fans not to come together, the virus is not gone.”