A team behind a popular Glasgow pub has said goodbye after eight and a half years before it undergoes a huge makeover.

The Chrystal Bell in the city's Gallowgate is being taken over by Admiral Taverns which has led to some of the current staff leaving the business. 

In a heartfelt statement, they thanked their colleagues and punters for their custom over the years.

They said: "We were a fantastic team and I personally thank them all for their hard work over the years.

"I will miss the ones who are staying on and I wish the new management team all the very best."

They added: "Thank you to all the amazing customers we have had over the years. We have lost a few as well who are sadly missed. What a last weekend that was, definitely out with a bang."

Locals were quick to wish the team well in their future ventures, with one saying: "Good luck to you all, leaving a big hole in the Trongate."

Another added: "Best of luck to you all! There's nowhere like the Bell."

It comes after we reported that the pub - which is popular with Celtic fans due to its proximity to Parkhead - was undergoing a £228,000 makeover which included a a £20,000 soundproof ceiling to now offer customers live entertainment.

The bid was met with over a dozen objections at a local community council meeting, with residents voicing concerns over anti-social behaviour on matchdays and the pub being “heavily used” by people on their way to football games.

One comment said: “I can’t hear my TV with the window open.”

Another concern was raised about people smoking in the vicinity.

We also reported that the pub is set to temporarily close in order for the refurbishment to be carried out, with a reopening date expected in December.