TWO men were arrested during a disturbance in Johnstone town centre after a boy ran through a pub waving a Union Jack flag following Sunday's Old Firm match.

The incident at The Nip Inn, in Houstoun Square, took place at around 7.25pm, just hours after Rangers defeated Celtic 2-1 in their Scottish Cup semi-final clash.

Police said an unknown man approached a group of youths, thought to be aged between 10 and 11, and gave one of them a Union Jack flag.

He then instructed the youth to run through the pub waving the flag, which is understood to have led to a number of people being involved in a rammy outside the watering hole.

Police quickly arrived at the scene and two men, aged 52 and 56, were taken into custody.

They were charged with breach of the peace, police assault and resisting arrest.

A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Staff at The Nip Inn took to social media to express their disgust at those involved in the disturbance.

In a Facebook post on Sunday night, a spokesperson for the pub said: "We would like to take this opportunity to address the trouble outside our pub tonight.

"It was in no way our fault or our customers but someone who clearly has nothing better to do but cause bother.

"We try our best to run a good pub and I am gutted having to write this but feel those who clearly can't cope with enjoying themselves win lose or draw obviously need to stay in the house.

"The pub is still open and the regulars are still having a ball to themselves so it didn’t ruin the night thankfully."