Rangers & Celtic Ultras in rare agreement over
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Rangers & Celtic Ultras in rare agreement on "intimidation" over Old Firm

Rangers Ultras the Union Bears and their Celtic counterparts the Green Brigade have been in rare agreement in recent days as both groups rail against treatment from the police.

Whilst they have both taken to public forums individually, the messaging regarding what has been described as “intimidation” by the powers that be are almost identical.

Rangers and Celtic Ultras have railed against police “intimidation” ahead of the upcoming Old Firm derby. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The situation concerns well-documented fears around gatherings and the upcoming Old Firm derby at the end of this week.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed moves by both Rangers and Celtic to encourage supporters to wait at home, but she also admitted a final decision was yet to be taken on the fixture [Sky Sports].

As part of their preparations, police officers have been visiting the homes of known associates of both the Union Bears and the Green Brigade, drawing the ire of each as a result.

Retweeted by the Green Brigade Twitter account, a Tweet from Fans Against Criminalisation railed against Police Scotland visiting the homes of Celtic supporters.

One day later the Union Bears would release a full statement regarding the “intimidation tactics” and claim they have “withstood attacks and threats” from the police “since our creation”.

“Members and associates of the Union Bears have had officers visit their house, threaten to contact their place of work and been instructed to visit their local station,” reads a Union Bears statement.

“These policing strategies are nothing new, however the enforcement of their message is unprecedented, on one occasion officers visited a member’s home, who has a young family, seven times within a 48 hour period.

“We as a group have withstood attacks and threats from Police Scotland since our creation.

“These disruptive policing techniques will not have the desired effect and we will continue supporting Rangers in our unique manner.

“Union Bears, No Surrender.”

Both Rangers and Celtic have been public about their desire for fans to stay at home ahead of the Old Firm game this weekend.

The government fall-out concerns gatherings in the aftermath of Rangers winning their 55th title. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers will go to Celtic Park as Champions and being still undefeated, Celtic will be tasked with stopping the Gers in their tracks.

Rangers captain James Tavernier took to Twitter over the weekend to encourage Ibrox fans to stay away from Celtic Park despite there being no intimation fans would gather.

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