Police vow to crack down on Hampden troublemakers

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Police say they are determined to target anyone who threatens to cause disruption at this weekend’s league cup semi-finals at Hampden.

The get-tough message comes as the investigation continues into offences allegedly committed during last month’s now-notorious Scottish Premier League (Old Firm) fixture.

Police are still appealing for information about individuals they wish to interview in connection with events at that game.

Tomorrow’s Dons v Morton game is at 12.15pm, and the Old Firm game is on the Sunday at 2.15pm.

Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty said: “Our policing approach is about early intervention, prevention and engagement.

“This means supporters should expect to see more officers proactively targeting the small amount of people intent on drinking to excess, behaving badly or being involved in offensive conduct – such as disorder, anti-social behaviour, vandalism or hate crime.

“Genuine fans are not willing to put up with this any longer and neither is the police. It’s unacceptable and it has to stop.”

Both games have been planned for and will be heavily policed.

Police checks will be carried out on buses and mini-buses travelling to the game to ensure nobody is carrying alcohol, or is drunk, and anyone trying to enter the ground with drink will be committing an offence.

Police will also arrest anyone using threatening, abusive or insulting words, or display written material considered likely to stir up hate crime.

Special travel advice has been drawn up for Rangers supporters heading to the game against on Saturday.

PRE MATCH ROUTES FOR RANGERS SUPPORTERS COACHES APPROACHING THE WEST OF THE STADIUM

M8 Westbound: Exit the M8 at Junction 22 and join the M77. Leave the M77 at Junction 1, Dumbreck Road, turn left onto Dumbreck Road and continue until the junction with Titwood Road (high vehicles such as double deck buses – turn right, Haggs Road, turn left Shawmoss Road, turn right Titwood Road) continue Titwood Road.

Turn right onto Minard Road continue onto Langside Avenue to the roundabout (Monument).

Take the second exit at the roundabout onto Battlefield Road, continue on Battlefield Road to the first traffic light junction and bear right remaining on Battlefield Road to the ‘T’ junction with Cathcart Road.

Turn left onto Cathcart Road towards Queens Drive, where your coach will be directed to park.

M80 Southbound: Join M8 Westbound and continue as above.

M74 Northbound: Continue from the M74 onto the M73 and thereafter onto the M8 Westbound and continue as above.

M8 Eastbound: Exit at Junction 22, Seaward Street, keep to right lane travelling under motorway bridge, join M77 Northbound, keep left continue on M77 Exit at Junction 1, Dumbreck Road, turn right and continue as above.

A77/M77 Northbound: Exit at Junction 1, Dumbreck Road, turn right and continue as above.

POST MATCH ROUTES FOR RANGERS SUPPORTERS FROM THE WEST OF THE STADIUM

Langside Road: Continue to Langside Monument. Take 3rd exit onto Langside Avenue. Continue west on Langside Avenue through the junction with Pollokshaws Road onto Minard Road.

Continue on Minard Road and turn left onto Titwood Road and follow reverse of inward route towards M77/M8 as appropriate. On Titwood Road consider reverse diversion route for high sided vehicles via Shawmoss Road and Haggs Road.

Queens Drive: Turn left onto Langside Road, turn right at traffic lights, and continue on Langside Road, Continue to Langside Monument. Take 3rd. exit onto Langside Avenue.

Continue west on Langside Avenue through the junction with Pollokshaws Road onto Minard Road. Continue on Minard Road and turn left onto Titwood Road and follow reverse of inward route towards M77/M8 as appropriate.

On Titwood Road consider reverse diversion route for high sided vehicles via Shawmoss Road and Haggs Road.

PRIVATE TRANSPORT

Designated Parking on WEST SIDE of Stadium only for Rangers supporters:

Rangers supporters attending in private vehicles should follow the directions given for Rangers supporters coaches above, and utilise on street parking where available to the West of the stadium. Limited paid parking will be available on a first come, first served basis within the Queens Park recreational ground, Queens Drive, Glasgow.

Parking is controlled by a temporary traffic regulation order (coned areas). On street parking should only be utilised out with restricted areas as a tow-away scheme is in operation for illegally parked vehicles. As a result, there is limited parking available in the vicinity of the stadium; supporters are encouraged to travel via train where possible. Rangers supporters using rail services should travel via Mount Florida station.