A POLICE union boss fears public services are being treated as an afterthought to football games.

Calum Steele, general secretary of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “The demands created by the Celtic Vs Rangers fixture on the police and other public services is huge.

“For a whole variety of reasons, the game is seen as something that those services have to fit around because of the commercial side of it, such as the television companies or others.

“The public service’s pressure seems to be a very low consideration.

“As far as the suggestion to move the games to a weekday should certainly be given consideration and shouldn’t be refused because of tradition.”