Advice issued to supporters ahead of Hibs v Celtic

Police in Edinburgh are urging fans of both Hibernian and Celtic to behave responsibly and keep themselves safe during this weekend’s match.


The clubs kick-off their SPFL Premiership match at 12.30pm at Easter Road Stadium, with a sell-out crowd expected.


Officers will be deployed inside and outside the ground to assist stewarding staff and deter criminal offences.


Spectators should expect to be searched before they enter the stadium.


Following the game, a robust police presence will be in place throughout key areas of the city to deter incidents such as antisocial behaviour and violence.


Match Commander, Chief Inspector Alan Carson said: “We are fully aware of the significance of this match, in terms of the potential for Celtic to clinch the Premiership title and also in terms of European qualification for Hibs. It’s also momentous in relation to managers and players returning to their former clubs.


“There will undoubtedly be an electric atmosphere within Easter Road and we want to ensure this is an enjoyable experience for all those in attendance.


“With that in mind, please behave appropriately and make sure your actions do not put yourself or others at risk.


“Entry to the match will be by ticket only. The Celtic allocation is sold out and the message is simple – if you don’t have a ticket, don’t come to the game.

“You will be searched on approach to the stadium and asked to show your ticket prior to arriving at the turnstiles. When any stand reaches capacity the turnstiles will be closed – no one else will be permitted entry.


“Alcohol, weapons and flares are strictly forbidden and, should you be found in possession of these, you will be refused entry to the match and arrested.

“I would take the opportunity to remind all supporters of the drinking byelaw that exists in Edinburgh which will very much be enforced tomorrow.


“There will be a significant police presence tomorrow to make sure everyone is kept safe and disruption to the rest of the city is kept to a minimum.”