Celtic increase security measures ahead of Glasgow Derby

By Euan Davidson

March 12, 2021

Celtic are putting barriers up around Celtic Park ahead of next Sunday’s Glasgow Derby.

According to the Daily Record, extra security fencing around Paradise is being erected. It’s a move that follows disruption around the iconic stadium after Rangers supporters’ title celebrations last weekend.

The Billy McNeill statue and Celtic club shop were targeted by rival supporters after the Premiership title was secured last weekend. Previously, barriers had been put up as a result of Celtic supporters protesting outside the ground.

There’s still a very strong chance that next weekend’s Glasgow Derby won’t go ahead. Today, police chiefs, senior politicians and the clubs will discuss whether or not to continue with the clash. Last Sunday, rival fans caused deeply concerning scenes around Glasgow, breaking Covid-19 guidelines to celebrate their title win.

That’s caused panic around Holyrood, with Nicola Sturgeon expressing “anger and despair” after the unseemly scenes of last weekend [Sky Sports].

With Glasgow still in Tier 4, there’s genuine concern that the actions of Rangers supporters could compromise the Government’s efforts to ease the impact of Covid-19.

Celtic want to avoid scenes like these / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic and their Glasgow Derby precautions deserve praise

From a safety perspective, Celtic are doing what they can. Undoubtedly, there will be calls for demonstration and counter-demonstration. The Bhoys’ faithful have already been in trouble this season for congregating en masse [Daily Record].

With the burden of hosting the Derby next weekend, Celtic’s board will be desperate to ensure they can quash any unpleasant scenes outside Paradise.

While nobody wants to see barriers outside our hallowed ground, it’s good to see Celtic taking action.

After the Twitter storm from earlier this week, it’s clear that the Celtic board want avoid being tarred with the same brush as our rivals.

The barriers provide a physical manifestation of that wish.

It also shows that the club still have a desire for the match to go ahead. As early preventative measures go, putting fencing up over a week before a game is a pretty emphatic signal.

Wherever you stand on whether the Derby should take place as planned, it’s hard to find fault with the club here.

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