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Edinburgh police on ‘Manchester’ stand by

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Rangers fansEdinburgh police are taking precautions to ensure that Sunday’s Ramsden’s Cup Final doesn’t turn into another Manchester.

Scarred by the trashing of Manchester in 2008, which a judge later described as the worst incident to hit the city since the Second World War blitz, Police Scotland are taking no chances with the biggest uplift of Sevco fans since Manchester 2008.

A ban on drinking alcohol in public has been applied to the capital city with booze bans enforced on all trains travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh as Ally McCoist attempts to win his first ever cup as a manager.

Discussing the precautions being made for the match Event Commander Chief Superintendent Mark Williams warned: “The Cup Final is always a great day for fans to celebrate the achievements of their respective teams but it is important to remember that it is a day that should be enjoyable for fans both young and old.

rangers fans “That’s why we have robust plans in place to deal with any minority who are intent on causing trouble. While we know most supporters will be well behaved, my officers will seek out those who are antisocial or who turn up drunk.

“They will not only be refused entry, but will also be subject to criminal action. Of course, there will also be officers on duty across the city centre to monitor licensed premises and respond swiftly to any reports of disorder or trouble.”

In 2008 thousands of booze filled fans went on the rampage before during and after the Rangers v Zenit St Petersburg UEFA Cup Final which was won 2-0 by Dick Advocaat’s side.

Police reinforcements were called in from all over England as the city centre was trashed as thousands of fans went on a spree of looting and vandalism.

Raith Rovers will take 4,000 fans to the match with close to 20,000 Sevco fans expected to make the trip, many without tickets for the glamour match.

After paying to hire the ground, footing the police bill and repairs to the stadium it’s expected that both clubs are expected to split a windfall of upto £100,0oo.

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