Celtic beef up stadium security ahead of Old Firm clash as club installs 'ring of steel' to protect property

Celtic have beefed up security measures at Celtic Park by erecting a ring of steel around the stadium.

Steel fencing is erected around Celtic Park

Pictures taken on Friday showed fencing surrounding statues as well as blocking access to the Celtic Way.

The club is keen to avoid a repeat of the scenes that followed Rangers’ Scottish Premiership title win last weekend, and will take part in a “multi-agency meeting” to discuss preparations for the Old Firm clash on March 21.

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A spokesperson confirmed that steps had already been taken to beef up “security and protection” of the club’s property at Celtic Park following instances of damage.

A club statement read: “Celtic FC can confirm that the club will participate in a multi-agency meeting to discuss preparations for our match on March 21.

“The Scottish Government has already made clear that it does not in any way associate the scenes last weekend with Celtic or our supporters. The club and our supporters are of course mindful of the risks associated with public gatherings at this important time.

“The club has been clear in our messaging to our supporters of the importance of staying at home in line with applicable guidance throughout the pandemic. We have communicated regularly around our fixtures and our supporters have worked with the club responsibly – the celebrations after our historic nine in row title triumph last summer and after our unprecedented quadruple treble Scottish Cup win in December are two key examples of that.

“We will re-emphasise that message for this fixture as we have done during the season and we are sure that our supporters will work with the Club while the restrictions remain in place.”

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