Anti-Terror Police have contacted Rangers trio Walter Smith, David Murray and Martin Bain in the wake of the attempted nail bomb attacks on Celtic manager Neil Lennon, Paul McBride QC and former MSP Trish Godman. Rangers FC and the Police have given safety advice to all Rangers staff, and players are being spoken to about their security also.
Despite one Scottish Daily Newspaper claiming that the Rangers trio are high risk targets, it is certain that the Anti-Terror Police were taking precautions and giving out advice, rather than informing the trio that they were targets.
Precautions that Chief Superintendent Ruaraidh Nicolson discussed only yesterday. He said, “We are giving appropriate advice to people who we believe should be getting it. It is really unhelpful to have lots of media and public speculation as to who has been receiving this guidance. It only serves to create further fear and alarm in our communities.”
To date no one at Rangers Football Club or any other Scottish Club has been sent bullets or parcel bombs. However the Scottish Daily Newspaper, believes that there are some people out there who would be looking for revenge. Certainly a statement that is not backed up by evidence. But hey it sells a few more extra newspapers after all.
Meanwhile Police are set to investigate graffiti at Craigton Cemetery in Glasgow, where Rangers legends are buried. Sick thugs daubed a death threat to Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist with the words ‘Hang McCoist’. It comes days after McCoist, on BBC Radio Scotland, condemned the campaign of terror inflicted upon Celtic manager Neil Lennon.
And with the seventh and final Old Firm game on Sunday, Police chiefs have warned of a ‘perfect storm’ brewing around the derby.
Strathclyde Chief Constable Stephen House said an army of extra police would be on duty across his force area, ready to cope with any trouble.
He told Strathclyde Police Authority, “We are concerned about the weekend. We will have an extra 1000 officers on duty across Strathclyde, not just at the match, to try to deal with what we expect will be a peak in violence.”
House stressed that he did not blame the clubs for Old Firm violence and said individuals who committed crimes were responsible for their own actions. But he admitted he would like police to have more say in when the games are played.
He said: “What we really want to do is move it to the most effective and least violent time, which our analysis shows is a Monday or Tuesday night.
“I understand there is a financial penalty on the clubs if they have these matches during the week. But there is a financial penalty on the whole of Scotland if we have these matches at weekends. I want to stress that we don’t see the clubs as the enemy here. We are working with them and they are working with us. We are working very closely with both clubs to ensure the match goes ahead in a safe and secure environment.”
Source: Daily Record | Scottish Sun | Strathclyde Police Authority