FOOTBALL bosses have met with authorities to try to ensure there is no repeat of the Scottish Cup Final chaos.

Local councillor Martin McElroy called for a meeting with Celtic FC, Police Scotland and Glasgow City Council following frustrating scenes on May 25.

Now Mr McElroy says "lessons have been learned" and says all the major Glasgow football teams should have contingency plans for future celebrations.

He said: "It was a productive meeting and the council, police and the club have committed to continue their dialogue to learn lessons from May.

"Our city has a rightly gained a great reputation for organising world class events and we can’t afford to jeopardise this."

In June we told how Mr McElroy had called for a meeting of those involved in ensuring fans can celebrate safely after their teams' successes.

Following the Scottish Cup Final, there were plans for an open top bus parade during the city.

But supporters were left gutted after this had to be cancelled due to safety fears.

A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed that Superintendent John McBride, of Greater Glasgow Division, attended the meeting.

While a spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: "We are happy to work with any event organiser to help ensure their event runs as smoothly as possible."


Cup Final bus chaos must not happen again

Mr McElroy said all parties agreed a Saturday night was not ideal to host the parade however, many players were away on international duty on the Sunday so would not have been able to attend.

Organisers were criticised at the time for not erecting safety barriers but it was said at the meeting barriers were considered in the week running up to the cup final.

But it was decided barriers could cause more risk.

According to Mr McElroy, Celtic had been planning the event since January and had engaged a consultant to help with plans.

But sheer numbers - and rugby being played at Celtic Park - meant route options were limited and there was a limited availability of stewards.

The councillor said: "I think the club was as disappointed as anybody else that many fans never got to properly celebrate with the team and they acknowledge that there will be a demand for organised events in the future.

"All of the Glasgow teams – Rangers, Celtic, Partick Thistle and Queens Park - should think about preparing plans now so that when their teams do achieve success on the park, there will be an opportunity for fans to celebrate with them."

Celtic's 2-1 win over Hearts at Hampden brought thousands of fans out on the streets to celebrate.


Celtic fans blasted for mess after Cup Final celebrations

The bus procession through the city streets had been due to leave Clyde Street at 6.30pm but at 7.30pm police told fans the event would not go ahead.

It was Celtic's ninth domestic trophy in three years but the mass of people celebrating meant it was unsafe for the bus to enter the Gallowgate.

Celtic FC was contacted for comment but did not respond before the Evening Times went to press.