Police warn football fans of road closures and banning orders ahead of Dundee v Celtic tonight

Tayside Police have warned football fans to be aware of road closures ahead of tonight’s Betfred Cup clash between Dundee and Celtic at Dens Park.

The quarter-final tie pits Neil McCann’s men against the cup holders and league champions.

There is expected to be an attendance of 9,000, with Celtic fans making up 5,000 of those present.

Dens Road will be closed southbound from Provost Road, which has led to a tweet from Tayside Police.

All supporter buses from the west should arrive via Clepington Road, Arklay Street, Fairbairn Street and Neish Street to avoid the roadworks.

The force have also issued a stern warning to fans that they face banning orders if they misbehave.

Match commander Chief Inspector Mike Whitford said: “We expect to welcome a large crowd to Dens this evening for the match, which kicks off at 7.45pm.

“With this being an evening kick off, I want to remind supporters that it is an offence to try to enter the stadium in possession of alcohol or whilst drunk and this will be strictly enforced by Police and stewards on duty.

“We will also enforce legislation in respect of pyrotechnics, and supporters may be searched prior to entering the ground.

“Please remember that as well as being refused entry to the match you may be arrested and, where appropriate offences are detected, we will actively seek football banning orders.

“I know that the majority of fans will bring their families and friends with them to enjoy the football and I would ask you to remember that Policeofficers and stewards will be in and around the football stadium in order that you can watch the match in a safe environment.

“Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and our officers will also be visiting licensed premises before, during and after the match to maintain the safety of patrons, and will ensure that local residents experience as little disruption as possible.

“Please assist us in ensuring this is a fantastic sporting occasion for all.”