Rangers followers march of their 1000’s alongside Glasgow avenue as police escort supporters away from Ibrox
RANGERS fans have marched by the thousands along a Glasgow street amid a heavy police escort.
After gathering in droves outside of Ibrox this afternoon as Rangers were confirmed as Scottish champions, supporters were seen on Paisley Road west of the city.
Thousands of Rangers fans marched along Paisley Road West in Glasgow from Ibrox towards the city center
Police cars were parked in the southern side street as thousands of fans marched towards the city center.
Traffic along the street was also halted as fans flooded the street and sidewalks.
We previously shared how large groups of enthusiastic fans have broken the lockdown rules to gather outside of Ibrox and in George Square.
The festivities began shortly after Celtic drew 0-0 with Dundee United to secure Rangers’ 55th league title.
The fans let go of fireworks and smoke bombs as they sang and celebrated their club’s first league win in ten years.
However, police have warned fans not to rally and reminded supporters of the risk of ignoring government guidelines.
The police escorted the crowd of supporters down the street
Fans flooded the street and sidewalks have stalled along the street
Public gatherings are prohibited anywhere in Scotland under current lockdown rules.
Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, Division Commander, Greater Glasgow Division, said: “We are aware of scheduled gatherings in both George Square and outside Ibrox Stadium on Sunday March 7th, 2021.
“In accordance with current Scottish Government coronavirus guidelines, all gatherings are currently prohibited and we urge the public to comply with these restrictions.
“There is an adequate police response and the officers are already taking an approach of promoting, explaining and promoting compliance with the restrictions.
“Our response will be measured and appropriate. We understand fans want to celebrate, but they have to do it safely and legally. We continue to urge everyone to do what is right to stop the virus from spreading. “
Politicians also took to social media today to condemn the public celebrations and Rangers fans took to the streets in Larkhall, Lanarkshire as well.
Rangers fans flock to George Square in Glasgow to celebrate winning the title, despite police warning of large gatherings
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon congratulated the Rangers but warned fans of a gathering, saying that those who did “risked lives”.
She wrote on Twitter: “” I congratulate @RangersFC on winning the title and I realize what a moment this is for fans.
“But gathering in crowds right now risks life and could delay the exit from lockdown for everyone else.
“If those gathered care about the safety of others and the country at all, they will go home.”
Justice Minister Humza Yousaf also congratulated the Rangers on winning the league, but warned fans not to rally due to the current Covid rules.
He said: “Congratulations to @RangersFC – grumpy for not realizing how well they have played this season.
“I understand Rangers fans are desperate to celebrate, but please remember that you must stay home. Mass gatherings are not allowed. We cannot risk the virus spreading further.”
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