Justice secretary Humza Yousaf has hit out at 'absolutely disgraceful scenes' in Glasgow last night amid thousands celebrating Rangers winning the league.

The Glasgow MSP praised cops and promised that violence, sectarianism and 'any other hatred will be followed up'.

Police in riot gear were attacked by missiles and flares as they used special powers to break up the huge crowd that had gathered in George Square following the Light Blue's 4-0 victory over Aberdeen.

Three cops were injured amid the disorder last night and more than 20 people were arrested.

George Square celebrations.

Violence also spilled out into surrounding streets, with a video showing a man being beaten up on Queen Street.

Yousaf tweeted: "My full support to Police Officers who put in an incredible shift yesterday in (very) difficult circumstances. "Absolutely disgraceful that they were subjected to the kind of thuggery we saw last night. Incidents of violence, disorder, anti-Catholic and any other hatred will be followed up."

Earlier in the day thousands of Light Blues fans had gathered outside Ibrox ahead of the final game of the season- despite direct warnings from police to 'disperse'.

Rangers fans celebrate in George Square in Glasgow

Pictures showed fans hanging from the gates and nearby lampposts around the stadium before many took to the city centre.

Many have raised fears about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Police Scotland earlier revealed that it had turned down the request for the procession from the Rangers stadium to take place


Only Glasgow and Moray will remain at a higher restriction level on Monday amid fears of a spread of the new Indian variant.

Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, Police Scotland's Divisional Commander for Greater Glasgow, issued a statement late last night blasting the scenes.

He said: "During the evening of Saturday, 15 May 2021, Rangers supporters continued to gather and celebrate the awarding of the league championship trophy in George Square.

"Throughout the day Police Scotland had managed the gathering appropriately tackling anti-social behaviour and encouraging dispersal under Scottish Government Coronavirus regulations.

Many wouldn't leave George Square when ordered by police

"As celebrations continued sections of the crowd became increasingly disorderly, property was damaged and people were assaulted.

"Our officers became the focus of the crowd's attention with missiles and flares being thrown at them. Our policing response has been proportionate. We have responded appropriately and consistently to the behaviour of those gathered.

"This disgraceful behaviour which clearly endangered public and officer safety could not be tolerated and officers dressed in full public order equipment and, after appropriate warnings were given, moved in to disperse those present.

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"Although most of those present dispersed, a number remained and confronted officers with violence and aggression. Missiles were thrown and officers came under direct attack as George Square and the surrounding area was cleared.

"I strongly condemn the behaviour of these supporters who have not only placed our officers at risk but have sought to damage the image and reputation of this great city, especially during this critical period of the pandemic.

"I would like to place on record my thanks to the police and partners who managed this incident, especially those officers who put themselves in danger to bring this violent and disorderly gathering to an end.

"So far we know that three officers have been injured and more than 20 people have been arrested.

"We will be continuing our enquiries and my message is clear that if you have been involved in these ugly scenes then we you will be identified and arrested."