A TOP cop has said police intend to make arrests after a mob sang anti-Irish songs in Glasgow city centre yesterday. 

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins promised "retrospective" action would be taken on events before Sunday's Old Firm game. 

A large crowd appeared to mock the Irish Famine as it made its way along Argyle Street and Jamaica Street. Referring to the 19th-century catastrophe which left more than one million people dead, the song tells Irish people to “go home” and claims they have brought “trouble and shame” to Scotland.

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The scenes have been widely condemned across the political spectrum with officers also criticised for "facilitating events". 

But hitting back at those claims, ACC Higgins promised swift action. 

He said: “We did not facilitate this event and to say so is inaccurate. Officers on patrol came across this group as it was making its way through Glasgow City Centre. Due to the numbers and to ensure public and officer safety, additional officers were called to assist and, at this point, individuals' details were noted and the group dispersed.

"A retrospective investigation into this anti-Irish Catholic singing has been launched and we are following up a number of lines of enquiry, including reviewing CCTV footage and footage on social media.  I fully expect a number of arrests to be made.

“This type of anti-Irish Catholic behaviour is wholly unacceptable. Our enquiries are ongoing to identify those who were involved and we will take the appropriate action against them. We would ask anyone who has any information that could assist our investigation to contact us.

"However, the challenges of the sectarianism still evident in some parts of Scotland are a much broader societal problem and, whilst policing will have a role to play in addressing the symptoms, its causes are a problem which require a more effective, joined-up, civic response.”

Health secretary Humza Yousaf and lawyer Aamer Anwar were among those to condemn the images and call for action. 

Mr Yousaf said: “​​For those hurling racist abuse at our Irish community telling them to 'go home' – Scotland is their home. 

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“Disgusted to once again see anti-Irish racism rear its ugly head. Solidarity with our Irish community. 

“I am sure Police Scot will hold those responsible to account.”

Rangers won yesterday's derby 1-0 at Ibrox. 

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