Celtic apologise to fans after crush at Old Firm match

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Police are to meet Celtic chiefs for talks after a crush before the first Old Firm game of the season saw fans requiring treatment.

Celtic fans said some supporters were forced to climb over a high fence to escape a crush, which they claim was caused by the stadium entry points being changed.

"There is definitely a massive improvement in the squad, in the staff, in the playing style, in the feeling around the club and among the fans", he said".

And if we are being honest, you have to say that Celtic have hit the woodwork three times and McGregor has come up with some big saves, so it was only a matter of time until that pressure paid off no matter how well the defence were doing.

A spokesman for the club said: "The safety of our fans will always be of paramount importance and this is a matter which we are treating with the utmost seriousness".

Police Scotland have said lessons will be learned following the incident.

"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".

The incident happened about 20 minutes before the 12:00 kick-off as Celtic supporters tried to make their way into the stadium.

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He said: "This is a very frightening situation. You get nothing back", said the 26-year-old. We had a disappointing end before the first week break, but we will dust ourselves down, recharge the batteries and be ready to hit the ground running when we start up again.

Jeanette Findlay, chairwoman of the Celtic Trust, told BBC Radio Scotland's John Beattie: "The stories we have heard are extremely distressing".

The Hoops were too good for the Gers at Parkhead on Sunday, and eventually ran out comfortable 1-0 winners, although they should really have won by a far greater margin. Only Steven will know himself if he would have done anything different this time around, but the problem was that the ball wasn't sticking up front, and that hurt the game-plan. Suddenly there was an absolute crush because there were about 1,000 people trying to get one way and about 1,000 trying to go the other way. The stewards were stopping us from moving forward and as a result I missed the first 10 minutes of the game.

"Officers and stewards reacted quickly upon realising there was an issue and put in place measures to relieve the congestion".

He added: "We work closely with Celtic Football Club to ensure the safety of all fans attending matches".

"We will review today's incident and work with Celtic to ensure any learning is quickly put in place".

Dermot Gallagher, the former Premier League match official who now comments on refereeing matters for Sky Sports, defended Collum yesterday and suggested that Jack had fouled Rogic by jumping into his opponent.

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