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Two police injured in 'disgraceful' scenes as fans protest outside Celtic Park; Two police officers were injured in ugly scenes outside Celtic Park which Scotland's Justice Minister condemned as "utterly disgraceful.".

Byline: Iain Pope and Allan Crow

Hundreds of fans defied strict lockdown rules to congregate outside the stadium as their team crashed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ross County.

Some were seen charging at security fences and clashing with security staff as players departed the stadium in a convoy of cars.

Humza Yousaf, Justice Minister, described the scenes as "utterly disgraceful" and said the violent conduct of a minority of fans towards police was "shameful."

He tweeted: "Utterly disgraceful scenes outside of Celtic Park from a minority of fans tonight with violence aimed towards Police. Officers have been front & centre keeping us safe during this pandemic. To treat them this way at any time is shameful, to do it during these times is a disgrace."

Superintendent Stevie Dolan, Greater Glasgow Division said no arrests were made, but two officers sustained minor injuries during the late afternoon flashpoint.

He said: ""An appropriate policing response was carried out and the group has now dispersed. "We strongly condemn these actions and remind fans that enforcement options remain at our disposal.

'He can't survive this' - Celtic manager Neil Lennon on the brink...Time for Celtic powerbrokers to put Neil Lennon out of his misery..."The Scottish Government regulations are clear that protests are prohibited in areas under level four restrictions and we would urge people to find alternative ways to protest to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

"Disorder of any sort will not be tolerated and appropriate action will be taken where any offences are identified."

Videos posted on social media showed some fans trying to haul down security fences as the players left the ground in a convoy of cars.

Veteran TV commentator David Tanner was among many media forced to run the gauntlet of the angry crowd when leaving the stadium.

He tweeted; "Disturbing scenes at Celtic Park. Tensions are naturally high but this is the wrong approach. Sorry. Spare a thought for the Police Scotland officers on the ground dealing with this.

"As an aside, Glasgow is currently tier 4 lockdown...Football-wise, this is end of Empire stuff."

Fellow commentator and TV pundit, ex-Celtic legend Chris Sutton, said: "The people protesting outside Celtic Park can't call themselves Celtic fans. True Celtic fans wouldn't be singing despicable songs about a man who has given the club the service Neil Lennon has. They are a disgrace. Self entitled a**es."

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CAPTION: Police outside Celtic Park last night

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CAPTION: Celtic fans gather outside Celtic Park after the Betfred Cup defeat to Ross County (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

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CAPTION: A large police presence as Celtic fans gather outside Celtic Park (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
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Date:Nov 29, 2020
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