Old Firm fans praised for drop in sectarian songs

POLICE have praised fans for a reduction in sectarian singing, ahead of tonight’s match between Celtic and Rangers.

Chief Supt Bob Hamilton, of Strathclyde Police, urged supporters to make sure the Old Firm clash was not marred by drunkenness or violence.

He said: “As we look forward to the first festive fixture for the Old Firm, I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Rangers and Celtic fans for the positive influence of their behaviour in reducing the number of incidents of sectarian singing that has been recorded during recent football matches. We hope that it’s a good match and the fans enjoy the game.

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“Wednesday’s game should be about enjoying a unique sporting event not about violence, drunkenness and sectarianism.”