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Culprits hunted after fans stabbed in brawl before Rangers game

By Hilary Duncanson

Two Croatian football fans were stabbed during clashes between rival supporters ahead of Rangers' clash with Osijek in Glasgow.

The pair, aged 24 and 40, were injured when a "large-scale disturbance" involving up to 40 people broke out in the Govan area of the city on Thursday evening.

The victims, both Croatian nationals, were taken by ambulance to Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.

Police Scotland said the younger man was released from hospital yesterday morning, while the 40-year-old was due to be discharged later in the day.

It is thought around 40 people were involved and detectives have described the incident as "disgraceful".

Officers were called to the scene at Edmiston Drive, a short distance from Ibrox Stadium, just after 7pm - shortly before Rangers' Europa League match with the Croatian side.

Footage on social media appeared to show fights between some fans of the two clubs ahead of the second qualifying round, second-leg tie.

Film uploaded to Twitter appeared to show one supporter being kicked about the body while lying prone on the road, while another was seen running around holding a flare.

Police officers, including those on horseback, could be seen lining roads on the approach to the stadium.

Police are appealing for information about the disturbance.

A dedicated team of officers is examining CCTV footage and carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the area to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, the force said.

Area commander Chief Inspector Alan Bowater said: "Supporters of both sides should be able to attend a football match without getting caught up in violence and disorder.

"Also, innocent members of the public should not have to be faced with the threat of encountering it."

"The individuals involved must be tracked down and held to account and Police Scotland will use every resource at its disposal to put a stop to this reckless behaviour," Chief Inspector Bowater added.

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