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Scottish football authorities have been ordered to attend crisis talks with the Government as fears grow rival fans may smash the lockdown rules at the upcoming Old Firm showdown.

Record Sport can reveal the Hampden top brass Ian Maxwell and Neil Doncaster were asked to hold an urgent video conference call with minister for public health, sport and wellbeing Mairi Gougeon to discuss the scenes in Glasgow on Sunday night when thousand of Rangers fans took to the streets to celebrate the club’s first top flight title in ten years.

Images of the mass gatherings prompted a stinging rebuke from deputy First Minister John Swinney at yesterday’s daily coronavirus briefing as well as a warning that clubs and football’s governing bodies will have to satisfy Holyrood that no breaches will be repeated between now and the end of the current campaign.

Swinney stopped short of threatening to pull the plug on what is left of the season but stressed that he could ‘rule nothing out’ as he slammed Rangers for failing to demand that their supporters dispersed from outside Ibrox and the city’s George Square. And his blast was followed up by Gougeon who contacted SFA chief executive Maxwell and his SPFL counterpart Doncaster to discuss what action can be taken in order to prevent more supporters risking public health by turning up in big numbers as the season reaches a climax behind closed doors. Maxwell could even come under pressure to make an example of Rangers by throwing the disciplinary book at them ahead of the derby showdown at Parkhead a week on Sunday. It’s understood the government, cops and health officials are worried that fans of both sides could descend on the outskirts of the stadium with the potential for serious public order concerns. Celtic supporters have already been criticised for protesting in the Celtic Park car park earlier this season as the club’s quest to win a historic ten successive titles began to hit the buffers. 

And Swinney doubled down on the other side of the city when he opened up the daily briefing with a blast at Rangers condemning the scenes as a ‘disgrace’ and ‘shameful’.

Swinney went on to say: “We are going to engage once again with clubs about their obligations to support the wider messaging that’s in place to enforce what is the law in the country about staying at home and avoiding crowded places.

“So we’ll engage with the clubs, the football authorities and also police Scotland on all of these questions to ensure that everyone plays their part in trying to avoid situations of this type.

“There are a number of different landmark events that come up in the football calendar in the next few weeks and we’ve got to be satisfied we don’t run the risk of a repeat of what we saw at the weekend 

We’ll be engaged in those discussions and if there is a need for further action to be taken the government will obviously consider that. I’m certainly not going to rule anything out today.

“But we have made some special measures to try to ensure that football can take its course It’s a matter of real regret that we’re here once again having to discuss examples where the behaviour in and around football has not helped us in our efforts to control the virus.”

Swinney also attacked the Ibrox hierarchy for failing to act when the crowds began to gather adding: “The silence from Rangers was deafening and that is a matter of profound regret.”

Rangers hit back by issuing a statement in which they highlighted repeated requests from manager Steven Gerrard for fans to celebrate safely at home.

It read: “We reiterate the message from our manager, Steven Gerrard, who highlighted that fans should adhere to government guidelines – stay safe, socially distance and look after each other in this difficult time.

We are aware there is the possibility of more, significant milestones within this season, and we will continue to proactively engage with key stakeholders to maintain a cohesive message in relation to government guidance at this present time.

“We look forward to further open dialogue with the Government, police, SPFL and other key stakeholders.”

 

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1 minute ago, Bears r us said:

They maybe don't want their favourite team to have to play us twice or let us have a chance of winning the S Cup.

I could well be wrong but that was my first thought. :alfie:    :seal:

More likely they say they had to do it in order to have "any" chance of hosting the shite Euros, when thanks to the Scottish Gov, it will probably fall on its arse anyway. Not that I care. 

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2 minutes ago, KingKirk said:

Rangers football club aren't responsible for keeping law and order around the streets. 

Police Scotland marched 2000 fans from Ibrox to George Square yesterday. 

If that it was that big a issue why was that allowed? 

Can you imagine they tried to stop it 😂 There's no enough space in the hospitals for 100's of injured polis

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2 minutes ago, KingKirk said:

Rangers football club aren't responsible for keeping law and order around the streets. 

Police Scotland marched 2000 fans from Ibrox to George Square yesterday. 

If that it was that big a issue why was that allowed? 

Don't think the police had any choice, what do you want them to do - kettle the fans in and issue fixed penalties?? They had to appease and control the crowd. 

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11 minutes ago, Graham said:

You can see it in 3 weeks when the case rates start to go up because of the schools.

 

Big bad Rangers fault

Plenty on here that spout that schools are not drivers of infection, ridiculous of course. It's almost inevitable that the R will go up (particularly with school testing to identify assymptomatic cases), and quite coincidentally falls in the same timeframe of the celebration.

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