Rangers and Celtic have avoided a potential “nightmare” situation after the Premiership title race was resolved ahead of this weekend.
That is the view of former Gers defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested it would have been a struggle to police supporters during what would have been a potential title-decider at Parkhead.
Ibrox chiefs have been accused of failing to act over fan gatherings after Celtic’s 0-0 draw with Dundee United handed Rangers the title.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon branded supporters’ actions “infuriating & disgraceful”.
Rangers and Celtic will meet later this month for their final league game before the Premiership split.
However, Hutton suggested the clubs had actually dodged a bullet with the title race ending early.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “The high emotions, everybody running wild. It must have been a very difficult situation to manage it really.
“In a way, I think it’s good that they have won it now. It kind of shifts the focus.
“I thought a lot of fans would be looking to try and do it at Parkhead. That could have been a bit of a nightmare to try and police and manage the situation if that was the case.
“I’m actually, in terms of that, quite happy that that happened at the weekend.”
I share folks’ anger at this. Everyone has made so many sacrifices in the past year & seeing a minority risk our progress is infuriating & disgraceful. It is deeply unfair to the entire country, and the police have a hard enough job already. Please ask fans to go home @RangersFC https://t.co/haH5DAzhIh
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) March 7, 2021
Rangers now sit an unassailable 20 points clear at the top of the Premiership table.
Steven Gerrard’s men have won both meetings between the two Glasgow giants so far this season.