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Anger as Rangers v Celtic Old Firm tie is set for Hogmanay

By Laura Paterson

A decision to hold the next Old Firm game on Hogmanay has been branded "baffling".

The Scottish Professional Football League said the Rangers versus Celtic match would kick off at 12.15pm on December 31.

The game is one of several Scottish Premiership matches taking place that day, but the timing has drawn criticism.

Scottish Conservative sport spokesman Brian Whittle said: "Everyone knows the challenges surrounding Old Firm matches and lumping that in with the most drink-fuelled night of the year is baffling."

Police made one arrest at Celtic Park on Saturday in the first Old Firm league clash for four years, but banners and effigies apparently displayed by Celtic fans caused controversy, as did damage inflicted on the Celtic stadium toilets.

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins of Police Scotland said: "The time and date of the next Old Firm fixture was decided after discussions between ourselves, football authorities and broadcasters."

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