A top Glasgow police officer has urged for peace ahead of two Irish Republican marches in Glasgow.

Last week, hundreds of officers were deployed to riot-like scenes in Govan when Loyalist protesters disrupted an Irish Unity march by the James Connolly Republican Flute Band.

Two men were arrested, charged and released on bail following the incident and are due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on October 1.

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Now, ahead of further marches this weekend, police have confirmed their plans and warned against any disruptive behaviour.

They add that a "significant deployment" of officers, including specialist riot cops, will be in place across Glasgow.

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said: "Extensive planning has taken place all this week and a comprehensive policing operation will be place for before, during and after the public processions planned for Glasgow City Centre tomorrow.

"Without going into specific numbers, I can confirm that we will have a significant deployment of conventional and specialist resources across the city.

"Police Scotland has to balance the right of people who wish to take part in the processions, under the conditions agreed by Glasgow City Council, and those who wish to protest peacefully and lawfully."

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He continued: "I am appealing that all those taking part in the processions and those who demonstrate do so in a peaceful and lawful manner, which will allow us to facilitate the rights of all in terms of freedom of expression.

"I want to re-emphasise that anyone intent on becoming involved in any kind of anti-social or criminal behaviour will be dealt with promptly."

The first march planned for Saturday is the Cairde na hEireann calton Republicans from Millroad Street in Calton to the La Pasionaria monument in Clyde Street leaving at 1.30pm.

The second march was organised by the Friends of Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association to take place from Blythswood Square at 3pm heading to Barrowland Park.

Earlier, the James Connolly Flute Band spoke out for the first time following the riot-likes scenes last week.

And they also addressed Loyalist protesters directly