FAMILIES were marched out of a train station by cops as they piled sozzled Old Firm louts into carriages as trouble flared.

Passengers travelling home from High Street station after a footie clash on Sunday claim they were left out in the cold for 40 minutes.

One outraged rail customer claimed officers shouted at a dozen travelling passengers to “get out” so they could haul raucous revellers onto the first train.

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The man, who had been travelling from Glasgow to Bathgate, believes the men had been embroiled in trouble in the city beforehand.

He said: "Police marched a whole load of football fans away from the incident in Merchant City after it happened, put them all at High Street train station, emptied the station of passengers and sent them all away.

"I was on the platform around 5.45pm and the police spoke to members of staff at the barriers of the station and told them all they wanted rid of them.

"We didn't know about the stabbing at the time but the police just wanted to get them on the first train.

"There was about eight or nine police and about 12 football fans.

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"They marched us all out and told us to wait on the next train and we weren't allowed back in.

"We noticed they held the different supporters and put them both on different trains.

"There were families with kids who had to wait out in the cold for about 40 minutes until the next train.

"It's an outrage and everyone was pretty annoyed."

Another female passenger who had been waiting on the train with her 12-year-old claimed cops shouted "the lot of you get out" as rival fans were forced apart.

She said: "We had only been waiting around 15 minutes but it's half an hour for every train on a Sunday.

"It was quite a shock to see the trouble and it was a bit frightening having to wait outside while all the chaos was going on.

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"I just wanted to get my daughter home safely and as soon as possible."

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Shortly after 6pm on Sunday, officers escorted a group of male youths to High Street station to ensure they got home safely. A number of passengers were requested to wait for a later train.”

It comes after police revealed they were examining CCTV footage in the hunt for a group of men following a large scale disturbance.

Around 3.50pm on Sunday, a group of men were walking north on Hope Street from Argyle Street when a fight broke out between them and three men, two of whom had come out of the Toby Jug drinking spot.

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Punters were also filmed launching chairs in the pub's windows as families celebrated Mother's Day.

The incident came as cops re-appealed for information after Francis McCann, 47, remains in a critical condition after being stabbed during a separate rampage in the Merchant City.

Francis, nicknamed Francy, was badly wounded after being slashed in the throat as an eyewitness said a wall he was propped up on was left "decorated in blood."

Two other men, aged 29 and 30, were also left badly injured but have since been released from hospital.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances however cops have revealed they are closing in on the probe.

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Detective Inspector Peter Crombie, of the Major Investigations Team, said: "The 47 year-old sustained very serious injuries in this attack, and is still in a critical condition. His family are distraught.

"We are doing everything we can and are particularly looking for mobile phone footage of the incident as it could be the crucial piece in this investigation.

"You may think that someone else will have got in contact so you don't have to, this is not the case and we need to speak to everyone who was there that evening and witnessed this incident."