CELTIC and Rangers supporters in Renfrewshire are being warned armed police will be patrolling the area in and around Ibrox stadium tomorrow for the Old Firm derby.

Police Scotland is advising people to plan their travel in advance and arrive at the ground earlier than usual to allow for the additional security measures which will be in place.

Officers will be taking into account the UK terror threat level which remains at severe following several recent attacks in major UK cities.

Superintenent Stewart Carle, match commander, said: “The safety of members of the public travelling to and from the game is Police Scotland’s top priority.

"There will be additional security measures including armed officers on patrol, however please don’t be alarmed by this as there is no intelligence to suggest any specific threat to this football match.

"There will also be road closures in the area and increased searches as a condition of entry to the stadium.

"As a result it may take more time to get through the turnstiles, so please be patient and ensure you arrive in plenty of time.

“We want supporters to enjoy the festivities of the day and would urge everyone to behave in a safe and responsible manner."

Officers will be policing the bus parks and local pubs and anyone found intoxicated will be refused entry and may be arrested.

People are being advised not to attempt to get into the stadium with prohibited items such as controlled containers, fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices.

Officers will also be monitoring behaviour inside the stadium and racist, homophobic, sectarian or any other hateful behaviour will be punished.

Superintendent Carle added: “Football matches are there to be enjoyed so please don’t behave in a manner which will ruin the day for you and potentially for others."

The match kicks off at 12pm.