Italians Special Operations officers will descend on Glasgow in order to ensure there is no violence surrounding the Celtic vs Lazio clash on Thursday.

The Europa League tie is under serious threat after fears 300 Lazio ‘ultras’ were reportedly heading to Parkhead.

The General Investigations and Special Operations (known as DIGOS) are an Italian law enforcement agency specialising in terrorism, organised crime and kidnapping.

Italian Special Operations officers are being drafted into Glasgow for the visit of Lazio

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Italian Special Operations officers are being drafted into Glasgow for the visit of Lazio

However, it is hoped the Lazio supporters will be on their best behaviour after UEFA ordered the Serie A to shut down sections of the Stadio Olimpico after some supporters made fascist gestures and racist chants.

Sources in Italy have told The Sun a ‘great deal of resources’ will be allocated to ensuring the safety of supporters on Thursday.

It’s understood police officers in Scotland will escort about 1,500 Italian fans to and from Celtic Park.

An insider said: “The concern is this ultras group is highly organised.


“A great deal of resources will be put in place to ensure fans are kept apart.”

Police Scotland also issued a statement, with Chief Superintendent Alan Murray saying: “We look forward to welcoming Lazio supporters.

“Officers will be on hand to help as they make their way towards the stadium. We hope the fans enjoy the match and also enjoy their visit to Glasgow.

“A comprehensive police plan will be in place with appropriate resources allocated to the event.”

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