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Hate crime law latest as Rangers vs Celtic status on guidelines revealed with football authorities 'left in the dark'

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Scotland's football authorities have been ‘completely left in the dark’ over how the country’s controversial new hate crime legislation might impact on the behaviour of fans inside grounds. Record Sport can reveal there were no talks between Holyrood and Hampden bosses ahead of the strict new law’s introduction on April 1.

Furthermore, no new guidelines have been issued by the cops ahead of Sunday’s potential powderkeg clash between Rangers and Celtic - the first Old Firm derby to be played since the public order crackdown came into force on Monday morning.

And that has left the game’s governing bodies at the SFA and SPFL with no idea of what to expect inside at Ibrox this weekend if police are under Government orders to come down hard on examples of ‘hatred or prejudice’.

One source told us: “There has been absolutely no engagement from the Scottish government with regards how this new law might manifest itself inside football stadiums.

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