Celtic pub targeted by ‘deliberate fire’ near Rangers’ Ibrox stadium

A popular Celtic pub situated close to Rangers' Ibrox stadium was struck by a fire police believe was started deliberately.

Services swooped on the Tall Cranes pub in Govan, Glasgow, at 12.15am as homes close by were evacuated.

No one was injured but police have launched an investigation and have issued an appeal for information, reports the Daily Record.

The popular Hoops boozer lies around one mile from Ibrox, the home of fierce Scottish Premiership rivals Rangers.

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There is no suggestion the incident is linked to the Old Firm rivalry at this stage.

Detective Inspector Peter Sharp said: “It has been fortunate that on this occasion, nobody has been harmed by the fire but the incident meant that some local residents were disturbed during the night and moved from their homes while the fire was put out.

“We have a dedicated team of officers working to establish the full circumstances of the fire, which we believe was started deliberately.

"This behaviour will not be tolerated and I would like to reassure the local community that we have launched a thorough investigation into what happened and will work to bring those involved to account for their actions.

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“I would appeal to anyone who was in the Craigton Road area late last night, or in the early hours of this morning, and who saw any suspicious behaviour, to report this to police as soon as possible.

"No matter how insignificant you think your information is, any information provide from witnesses will greatly assist us in understanding what happened and how the fire started.

“I would ask anyone who has mobile phone footage or private CCTV of the incident to contact us and provide this to us as soon as possible.

"Equally, anyone driving on Craigton Road, or the surrounding areas, around the time of the fire, should check their dash cams and provide any footage capturing the incident to officers.”

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