THOUSANDS of Rangers fans have broken lockdown rules by gathering outside Ibrox to celebrate their impending Scottish title win.
The Gers supporters turned up in huge numbers and set off flares and smoke bombs – hours before today’s game.
Rangers supporters set off smoke bombs in celebration outside IbroxCredit: Tom Farmer – Commissioned by The Sun Glasgow
Rangers fans gather at Ibrox ahead of today’s game against St Mirren with smoke bombs and flaresCredit: Alan MacGregor Ewing – The Sun Glasgow
Manager Steve Gerrard was mobbed as he drove up to the stadiumCredit: Alan MacGregor Ewing – The Sun Glasgow
Manager Steven Gerrard was also mobbed as he drove towards Ibrox to take charge of the clash with St Mirren.
Fans marched past the main entrance of Ibrox in Glasgow singing about winning title number 55.
They also set off flares and let off red, white and blue smoke bombs in a pyro bonanza.
Supporters waved red, white and blue flags as they gathered in huge crowds outside their team’s famous old stadium.
Footage also showed the supporters standing outside the stadium on Broomloan Road and Edmiston Drive getting into party mood.
Some of them were seen wearing masks, but a lot were not in a clear beach of lockdown rules.
Under current Tier 4 lockdown restrictions imposed by the Scottish Government, mass gatherings are banned.
The public have been urged not to leave their homes since the turn of the year, with Nicola Sturgeon hoping to ease lockdown towards the end of April.
There were thousands of fans spread around Ibrox, with some wearing masksCredit: Tom Farmer – The Sun Glasgow
Smoke flares and bombs go off as Rangers fans celebrate their upcoming titleCredit: Alan MacGregor Ewing – The Sun Glasgow
Supporters were waiting for Steven Gerrard and the team bus to arriveCredit: Alan MacGregor Ewing – The Sun Glasgow
Rangers fans outside of Ibrox as police watch on from the sidesCredit: Tom Farmer
The fans get into party mode with cops trying to keep them under controlCredit: Tom Farmer
Fans waving Gers flags and setting off smoke bombs, with some wearing masksCredit: Tom Farmer
Pyro being set off among the crowd, with many filming footage on their mobiles phonesCredit: Tom Farmer
There is a hefty police presence on the scene. SunSport has contacted Police Scotland for comment.
Rangers have also been approached for comment.
Fans gathered despite not being able to enter the stadium – and not being able to win the title until Sunday at the earliest.
Gerrard’s side are just one win away from the historic achievement.
Should they beat St Mirren this afternoon and Celtic drop points away to Dundee United tomorrow, the Premiership crown will be theirs.
If the Hoops do manage to win at Tannadice, then it would set up a potential Celtic Park title showdown.
And with the Light Blues tantalisingly close, fans have gathered in their thousands to kick start the celebrations.
Rangers fans have waited ten years to see their side climb back to the top of Scottish football.
After their demotion to the lower leagues in 2012, it’s been a long road back for the Ibrox side.
However, this season they have been sensational under Gerrard and have romped to their first league crown since 2011 under Walter Smith.
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