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.

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Police Scotland officers are coming under criticism for needlessly trying to limit Copenhagen’s celebrations as they went 2-1 up against Celtic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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.


Contrast that with the comments of Danish police about Rangers and Celtic fans during separate trips to the country this season, and there’s a tinge of embarrassment about this.

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:


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.

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