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Huge security operation to be launched for Scotland – England clash at Celtic Park

Tuesday night’s friendly in Glasgow has been given the highest possible UEFA security risk rating and major steps are being taken to ensure there’s no repeat of the violence when the teams met 15 years ago.

Hooligans are planning a series of violent battles before this week’s Scotland-England clash.

Police Scotland say they have received information that yobs from both sides are intent on organising trouble in the run-up to Tuesday night’s game at Celtic Park.

Major steps are being taken to make sure there’s no repeat of the violence when the teams met in the Euro 2000 play-offs at Hampden in 1999.

Officers arrested 230 people 15 years ago after clashes at the stadium and in the city centre.

Security steps being taken over the next 48 hours will include officers from English forces, including the Met, travelling to Glasgow to help identify known English hooligans.

England fans will have to collect their tickets at a special venue in the city centre where troublemakers can be spotted.

All leave will be cancelled for police officers working in Glasgow. And officers will be brought in from other Scots cities including Dundee and Edinburgh to help their Glasgow colleagues.

More than 5000 England supporters had bought tickets for their section at Parkhead, but it was possible some had also paid for seats in home sections with the intention of causing bother.

Around 2000 english hooligans are under Football Banning Orders because of hooliganism.

They have all received letters reminding them they are barred from the Scotland game, but it’s feared some may have got hold of tickets.

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