Date: 2nd August 2018 at 7:54pm
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There have been violent clashes near Ibrox in the build-up to Rangers’ match with Croatian side NK Osijek on Thursday evening.

Eyewitnesses on Twitter have reported a big police response to apparent clashes between supporters, with the circumstances not yet clear on how it all started or if anyone has been injured.

One Twitter user said Rangers fans were attacked out of nowhere with innocent bystanders caught up in the chaos.

Another said that as well as helicopters, cars and vans in the area, police have deployed mounted units, with traffic brought to a standstill on Paisley Road West.

The Mirror have published one video that shows a man being kicked and punched on the ground while another man throws a flare.

Although the drama was only down the road, there is unlikely to be serious problems inside or immediately outside the stadium, with the match kicking off just minutes ago and the police presence clearly now huge.

It’s a sad start to the evening, football violence in 2018 is completely archaic and we hope no-one is seriously hurt and that everyone gets home from the match safely this evening, as well as Rangers picking up the European victory they need of course.

The Gers hold a 1-0 aggregate lead over the Croatians and a solid performance should see us through to the next round of UEFA Europa League qualifying.