Celtic and Rangers agree to tackle Old Firm trouble

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Celtic and Rangers today agreed to a range of measures in an attempt to combat trouble surrounding the Old Firm derby.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond hosted a meeting in Edinburgh where the fall-out from last week's game was discussed as Government, police and football officials sought a resolution to the problem of sectarianism and bad behaviour, on and off the field.

Celtic and Rangers meet in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final at Hampden Park on March 20 and will take the number of Old Firm derbies this season to seven with the final Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash of the campaign in April or May.

Celtic and Rangers issued a six-point recommendation, including measures to enforce alcohol bans, while there will be a "re-enforced code of conduct for players and officials".

Celtic and Rangers issued statements to confirm they had reached agreement on a six-point plan.

The statement read: "The two clubs recommended:

:: The creation of a stand-alone pan-Scotland police football intelligence unit as part of the ongoing review of police forces in Scotland.

:: Greater enforcement of existing legislation to deal with sectarianism and drink related offences.

:: The establishment of a task force comprising senior police officers, Government representatives and club security personnel to deliver more consistency in policing of football matches across Scotland.

:: A detailed academic study into the extent of the linkage of football to violent crime committed domestically and in the community.

:: Celtic and Rangers will commit to playing an enhanced role in a partnership approach to encourage responsible drinking.

:: A re-enforced code of conduct for players and officials."

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