Celtic fans set off flares as they greet team coaches ahead of Old Firm derby clash against Rangers

CELTIC fans set off flares and cheered as the team arrived at Parkhead this morning for their clash with Rangers.

Hundreds of supporters turned out in force in the east end of Glasgow ahead of the Old Firm fixture.



And flares and smoke bombs could be seen as the team coaches headed to the stadium.

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Cops were on hand as supporters chanted, walking up to Parkhead.

It comes after strict warnings on social distancing and restrictions were laid down by Nicola Sturgeon amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

We told you earlier how Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and Hoops gaffer Neil Lennon begged fans to watch the Old Firm clash at home — as Nicola Sturgeon warned flouting Covid rules risks lives.

The managers backed the First Minister’s call for supporters not to travel to pubs or visit each other’s homes for the behind-closed-doors first Glasgow derby of the season.

Rangers boss Gerrard told footie fans to “stay safe” by following guidelines, while Celtic gaffer Lennon added: “Enjoy the game at home.”

Nicola Sturgeon told Old Firm fans that staying at home for today’s live telly derby clash was not the biggest sacrifice she’s asked people to make during the Covid pandemic.

The First Minister insisted she wasn’t downplaying football’s im­p­ortance to supporters but said it didn’t compare to curbs keeping friends and families apart.

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