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Rangers fans in N Ireland defy Covid rules to celebrate title

A large crowd gathered to celebrate Rangers winning the Scottish Premiership despite coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings.


A cyclist stops outside the gates of the Ibrox Stadium (PA)

A cyclist stops outside the gates of the Ibrox Stadium (PA)

A cyclist stops outside the gates of the Ibrox Stadium (PA)

A large crowd has gathered on Belfast’s Shankill Road to celebrate Rangers winning the Scottish Premiership.

The fans came out despite a ban on public gatherings under coronavirus restrictions to mark the Glasgow side’s first title in a decade.

Northern Ireland has been living under a strict raft of rules aimed at stemming the spread of the virus since December.

Earlier, the PSNI tweeted urging fans to celebrate safely.

“We would encourage anyone intending to celebrate today’s Scottish Premier League result, to do so at home safely and within the current Health Regulations,” they tweeted.

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Meanwhile, East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has tabled a motion in Parliament to recognise Rangers’ victory.

“As a lifelong Rangers fan, I am delighted on a personal level but a success of this magnitude, given the previous problems at the club, should be recognised by the national Parliament,” he said.

“Not only is this a massive achievement but record setting in so many ways.

“The team has been undefeated this far in the league season and the earliest in the season that the Scottish title has been won in 119 years.

“It is right and fitting that Parliament sends its congratulations and marks this incredible effort for the players, management and backroom staff.”

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