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Rangers and Forres fans given Scottish Cup police warning

Lee McCulloch
Image caption Rangers travel to face Forres in the Scottish Cup on Saturday

Police have warned fans who will be in Forres for the Scottish Cup game with Rangers they will take "firm action" against anyone who causes trouble.

The Third Division's Rangers travel to face Highland League champions Forres Mechanics at Mosset Park in the second round on Saturday.

The match commander, Supt Mark Cooper, said: "This is a very exciting event for Forres and we expect to see around 2,500 fans."

The match is a sell-out.

Grampian Police said the match posed challenges.

Supt Cooper said: "We expect a substantial amount of ticket-less fans to watch the game from various vantage points surrounding the ground.

"While we are keen that everyone gets a chance to see the game, our main concern has to be safety and fans will not be allowed to watch the match from the area between Mosset Park and the A96, the region's busiest road."

Fans segregated

He added: "Fans who turn up drunk will not be allowed entry to the ground.

"There will be segregation between the home and away fans, and those wearing team colours will not be allowed entry to the opposing team's section of the ground.

"We know that the overwhelming majority of supporters attending this event will behave responsibly and enjoy themselves.

"I would like to assure supporters that we will take firm action against anyone whose inappropriate behaviour threatens to spoil the occasion for the vast majority of law-abiding and well behaved fans."

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