A LOCAL councillor is calling on police, the council and football bosses to meet and assure fans there will be no repeat of the shambles following the Scottish Cup Final.

Following Celtic’s victory, there were plans on May 25 for an open top bus parade through the city to celebrate the win.

But safety fears meant the celebration was called off - leaving supporters gutted.

Local councillor Martin McElroy said he had received a deluge of complaints from fans angry about the re-routing of the bus.

He said: “Football supporters across the world regularly get to celebrate their team’s triumphs with public parades....except in Glasgow.

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“If Hearts, Hibs or Aberdeen won a trophy, it’s a certainty that fans would expect an open top bus through the streets.”

The councillor pointed to other cities where post-football parades are a success and said Glasgow should be aiming for the same.

Mr McElroy added: “Just look at the scenes from Liverpool with the supporters who weren’t able to go to the game but still wanted to enjoy the atmosphere.

“We’ve never really had this in Glasgow for our team’s achievements.

“The chaos from the aftermath of the Scottish Cup final shows that we still have work to do.

“We need to make sure that fans aren’t let down in the future and we can have properly organised events going forward.”

Mr McElroy has written to George Gillespie, Executive Director Neighbourhoods and Sustainability at Glasgow City Council; Peter Lawwell, Chief Executive of Celtic Football Club; and Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty, Divisional Commander - Greater Glasgow Division.

The Parkhead side’s 2-1 win over Hearts at Hampden brought thousands of fans out on the streets to celebrate.

But the excitement over Celtic’s ninth domestic trophy in three years meant there were too many fans in the area spilling into the road, making access for the bus at the Gallowgate a safety concern.

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The bus procession through the city streets had been due to leave Clyde Street at 6.30pm but at 7.30pm police told fans the event would not go ahead.

Mr McElroy’s letter reads: “I appreciate that the decision was made with public safety as the primary concern, however the factors that led up to the cancellation were entirely predictably and avoidable.

“I witnessed myself the inadequate preparations for the agreed route with no pedestrian barriers, insufficient stewards or police, conflicting information, and virtually no other arrangements beyond the closure of the road.

“Glasgow has hosted many world class events in the recent past, and we fantastic knowledge and experience. We cannot let incidents like this jeopardise our internationally renowned reputation and we must do everything possible to avoid a repeat of the chaos we saw that day.”

Superintendent John McBride, Greater Glasgow Division, said: "The planned parade by the Celtic Football Club bus following the Scottish Cup Final was re-routed and cancelled, in consultation with the club, on the grounds of public safety.

"The organisation of any similar event would be a matter for clubs. Police Scotland will assist and have a comprehensive policing and traffic management plan in place.

"We have received correspondence from Councillor McElroy and will arrange to meet him to discuss how Police Scotland polices such events in due course."