Police Scotland has announced that they will be quick to crack down on offenders during the Boxing Day match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park.
A capacity crowd is expected for the all ticket Scottish Premier League fixture and police officials have been working closely with both clubs and other agencies to ensure that everyone enjoys the game in true festive spirit.
And they have said that they are prepared to deal with anyone falling foul of the law.
Match Commander Superintendent Kevin Lynch said: “We welcome both sets of supporters for what we are sure will be an excellent sporting event. We hope that they all enjoy themselves and we will be there to help keep them safe.
“The police and both clubs expect everyone to enjoy the occasion in the right way and abide by the law, as well as the ground regulations. We will be on hand to assist them where required and, where necessary, to deal effectively with anyone who is involved in disorder or other criminal behaviour.
“Those attending the game, as well as the local community, can rest assured that we will deal effectively with any incidents and put offenders before the courts. That could mean a spell in custody for offenders at a time when I am sure they would prefer to be with friends and family. So please come along and enjoy the game in the right way.”
As part of the planning process between the police, St Johnstone FC, Celtic FC and other agencies, a decision has been taken that flags and banners will not be permitted inside McDiarmid Park stadium for this game. Fans are asked to be considerate of this requirement in the interest of their own safety and the safety of others.