Publication - Speech/statement

Justice Secretary urges Rangers fans not to gather in large numbers

Published: 12 May 2021

Supporters should celebrate safely within COVID restrictions.

Published:
12 May 2021
Justice Secretary urges Rangers fans not to gather in large numbers

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf is urging Rangers fans to think about the health of their families and communities and not gather in large numbers to celebrate the presentation of the SPFL Premier League Trophy at Ibrox stadium in Glasgow this Saturday.

He said:

“I understand Rangers supporters will want to celebrate what will be a huge day for the club - but we are in a crucial and fragile stage in our fight against the virus, with a new variant and eased restrictions adding to the risks.

“I strongly urge fans to mark the occasion safely and within the COVID restrictions that are in place to protect the public. The strong message is that no-one – including fans – should congregate anywhere in large numbers.    

“I have urged Rangers Football Club to also reinforce the message that fans should not gather, and I welcome the constructive approach Rangers have told me they are willing to take, along with Police Scotland and Glasgow City Council’s considerable work for the safe running of the match on Saturday.

“I urge supporters to listen to the upcoming messages from their club and the police to stick to the rules, which are there to protect all our safety. It is important there is no complacency and pressure is maintained to ensure we continue to supress the virus.”