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Rangers v Celtic: Kids unite for show of unity at Ibrox

By Lucinda Cameron

Schoolchildren will accompany players onto the pitch before tomorrow’s Old Firm clash to mark the clubs' commitment to integration, it was announced yesterday.

Celtic and Rangers said the move is to reaffirm their pledge to the Old Firm Alliance partnership which aims to tackle issues such as sectarianism and inequality.

Using a combination of free football and workshops on health, sectarianism, diversity and equality, the partnership programme has reached more than 25,000 primary school children since its launch in 2005.

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain described it as a “huge success”.

He said: “Initiatives like these can make a positive difference to children in Glasgow and the wider community.”

The 22 youngsters who will go onto the pitch at Ibrox are from Garscadden Primary and St Brendan's Primary in Glasgow.

They will also visit the Rangers Study Centre for an anti-sectarian workshop.

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