BERNARD HIGGINS has confirmed that he will not be joining Celtic. 

The Police Scotland chief has issued a statement this morning to address speculation that he was due to join the Parkhead club in senior role. 

And he has ruled himself out of joining the club when he retires from his duties with police at the turn of the year. 

Fans have carried out a series of protests about his potential appointment for around two months now, as the urged the club not to appoint Higgins. 

That section of the support now have their wish. 

A spokesman for Mr Higgins said: "To address recent speculation, I can confirm that I will not be joining Celtic FC when I retire from the police on 31 December 2021."

The club have yet to make official comment on the matter.

Tennis balls were thrown on to the pitch at Celtic's away tie in Dundee recently as part of the demonstrations. 

The Green Brigade also staged a sit-in protest after the Aberdeen match. 

A number of silent protests have also taken place - with the first of those coming in a 2-0 win over St Johnstone in October.

Higgins was heavily involved in establishing the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act in 2012. 

More to follow.