Celtic football club have apologised to their fans who were caught up in a crush outside the club's stadium before last weekend's Old Firm Derby.
Celtic secured a 1-0 victory over Rangers, but before the game, there was some concerning scenes as fans were caught in a crush due to a change in stadium access points. Videos were circulated online of fans scaling walls. Five people were injured and one person was taken to the hospital.
FIVE Celtic supporters are said to have been injured after a crush developed outside Parkhead,
Thousands of supporters were left pinned in a confined space under the North Stand as a huge throng looked to get into the ground before today’s midday kick-off. pic.twitter.com/XEQV8V91O0
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The club confirmed they are investigating and that fans' welfare is paramount.
'The safety of our fans will always be of paramount importance and this is a matter which we are treating with the utmost seriousness. The Club, along with Police Scotland, will be investigating this matter fully to identify the causes and take the appropriate steps to ensure this does not happen again at Celtic Park.'
The Club and Police Scotland will advise of the outcome of this investigation once it is complete.
We are fully aware of the serious difficulties which arose yesterday for supporters, and we sincerely regret and apologise that so many fans were faced with this situation.
Yesterday’s match was the first occasion which featured new segregation and access arrangements.
Our total focus now is to work with the Police in looking at these arrangements and other circumstances surrounding this particular fixture and to take the correct action to ensure this situation is never repeated.
'Our priority will always be to ensure our supporters enjoy a safe and positive experience at Celtic Park. We will be doing all we can to make sure this continues to be the case at all times.'