Rangers v Celtic: Union Bears flout Covid rules to sing sectarian chant on eve of Old Firm

HUNDREDS of Rangers fans gathered on the eve of the Old Firm derby last night to flout coronavirus restrictions and sing a sectarian chant.

Video footage has emerged online of the Union Bears, a Gers fans' group, lined up next to the River Clyde in Glasgow.

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Standing directly underneath the Kingston Bridge, the 'ultras' wore dark clothing and face coverings as the posed for pictures ahead of the crunch derby encounter.

Blatantly breaking the Scottish Government's coronavirus Tier 4 rules, the majority of the group maintained no social distancing.

As well as a picture of the hundred-strong group, the Union Bears posted a clip of them belting out sectarian chant, known as the 'Billy Boys' ahead of Celtic's short trip to Govan this lunchtime.

The Light Blues fans also spray-painted the wall behind them, part of the famous bridge which connects the M8 to the city centre.

Graffitied in red writing, it simply read: "Union Bears. Rangers."

The group's social media posts have racked up thousands of likes since they were shared late on New Year's Day.

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Fans have of course not been able to attend football in most parts of Scotland since the initial Covid outbreak in March last year.

The derby match, held at Ibrox, will be played behind closed doors.

Rangers lead their arch rivals by 16 points and could extend that gap to 19 with a win, although the Hoops do have three games in hand.

Police Scotland have been contacted for comment.

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