NINE people will now stand trial later this year after an alleged large scale disturbance in Glasgow's Merchant City following a Celtic vs Rangers match.

The accusations include the attempted murder of a man and the serious assault of two others.

Kyle Beard, 27, Andrew Quinn, 27, James Quinn, 22, William Barclay, 29, Kahl Cullen, 25, Gemma Martin, 26, Jack Docherty, 29, Jamie Kinnaird, 27, and James Gemmell, 24, previously denied the charges at the High Court in Glasgow.

The incidents are said to have occurred between Albion Street and Blackfriars Street in Glasgow city centre March 31 2019.

The nine are said to have acted together in trying to kill Francis McCann.

The accusation includes claims he was punched, stamped upon and stabbed on the neck with a knife.

It is also alleged he had cider poured over him and a bottle thrown at him.

They are separately charged with assaulting Scott Meehan and Lee Wylie to their severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of their lives.

Mr Meehan is said to have been punched, knocked to the ground and struck with a knife.

Mr Wylie meantime was allegedly punched, kicked and stabbed with a blade.

Beard alone faces a charge of assaulting George Cullen to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement during a further alleged knife attack.

The nine, all of Glasgow, are finally accused together of behaving in a “threatening and abusive manner” by shouting and swearing at others.

The case first called at the High Court in January 2020.

A trial was set at that time for July of that year, but was cancelled due to the pandemic.

No new date was then able to be fixed due to courts not being able to have multiple accused cases as a result of social distancing.

But, changes have since took place in two courtrooms at the High Court in Glasgow to resolve this.

The Crown Office today confirmed a trial has now been set for September.

The previous hearing was told the case could last up to 12 days.