Rangers fans have been quick to point out the strict police controls pitchside at Celtic Park after a Copenhagen player was charged with assaulting a police officer.
Alongside a member of the Copenhagen backroom staff, Uruguayan striker Michael Santos – who scored the opening goal in the Danes’ 3-1 win – has been charged for the incident [Copenhagen].
But Rangers fan say the overly strict police who monitor the celebrations of rival sides at Parkhead is nothing new.
Rangers fans are well aware of questionable police practices at Celtic Park, with the club’s supporters railing against Police Scotland for how they manage games on enemy territory.
There’s a feeling amongst the Rangers support that the police are unfairly strict when employed in the stadium and many are not surprised Copenhagen have found themselves in this situation.
The Police are on location during football matches to maintain order and not disrupt it and the incident at Celtic Park last night does not at all shine favourably on the Scottish police.
The general feeling is that where Celtic are celebrating, they’re given free rein – see Mikel Lustig and the Police Scotland hat – whereas the celebrations of opposite sides are quickly defused.
It’s all very truncheons and shields when the approach doesn’t really call for it and no wonder so many football fans are criticising it on Twitter:
Glasgow Police when someone scores against Celtic
Glasgow Police when Celtic score pic.twitter.com/yHMjR8xtUB
— Blu Stu (@blustugers) February 28, 2020
Legia Warsaw fans came to Ibrox, let of flares, stopped the game for several minutes and Police Scotland stood and watched.
A Copenhagen player scores a goal against Celtic, celebrates and Police Scotland charge him with assault.
— missteeray™ (@missteeray) February 28, 2020
Wee question. Why are Police Scotland and stewards so heavy in numbers around the away support at Celtic Park?
There is nothing like this at Ibrox. Players are free to celebrate with their supporters. pic.twitter.com/5XGGu3jm7B
— Colin Armstrong (@moonman1873) February 28, 2020
Celtic fans currently studying the europa league rules to see if a team can get disqualified for bumping in to a police officer when celebrating
— Adam. 🤙 (@AdamGlover1872) February 28, 2020
Anyone watching this Celtic game?
Police just got way too heavy-handed with Copenhagen players celebrating their goal. They weren’t even jumping in the away end, so bizarre
— Joe Walker. (@ohjoewalker) February 27, 2020
Why police trying to stop him celebrating 😂, what they gonna do arrest him on suspicion of putting Celtic out Europe. https://t.co/CwpEo2DITy
— rory millar (@rorymillar1874) February 27, 2020
Why are Police Scotland officers manhandling the Copenhagen player celebrating in front of the away fans. @policescotland Why are they acting like angry Celtic fans. Poor show.
— David Winning (@DCWinning60) February 27, 2020
This happens a lot at Celtic Park – more so with the stewards rather than police. Have witnessed Celtic stewards wrestle Hibs players away from celebrating in front of fans in away corner and have heard similar from supporters of other clubs. Overtly robust.
— David Thorburn (@davidt7) February 28, 2020
One picture shows the away team scoring at Ibrox and being allowed to celebrate in a normal fashion
The other is a team scoring against Celtic at Celtic Park.
Why the overwhlemimg police presence and this is a regular occurrence for visiting teams. pic.twitter.com/pXHlvqUyRp
— THEBIGBLUEDUCK (@bigblueduck01) February 28, 2020
As if Celtic didn't embarrass Scotland enough last night, we now have Police Scotland pitching in. https://t.co/hzO2eFSsWn
— FCN Glasgow (@fcnglasgow) February 28, 2020
I wonder if any journalist will ask the question why no away team is allowed to celebrate with their fans at Celtic Park (and only Celtic Park) without being manhandled by police or stewards.
— Martetti (@martetti) February 28, 2020
In other news, Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken has been comparing the two Old Firm sides [Glasgow Times] in the wake of the Danish club’s Celtic Park triumph.