NEARLY 50 buses travelling to the Celtic match were checked by police and 200 litres of alcohol seized.

Police Scotland said officers from the road unit and Ayrshire division checked 48 buses heading to the Celtic vs Stranraer match at Stair Park on Sunday.

Buses were stopped near Girvan and checked for booze.

Around 200 litres of alcohol was seized and four people are to be reported to the procurator fiscal in relation to offences under the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 which makes it an offence to possess alcohol on a bus used to transport people to designated sporting events.

Inspector Dean Pennington from Ayrshire’s Road Policing Department said: “This was a very worthwhile operation which sent a clear message that Police Scotland will not tolerate the consumption or carrying of alcohol on board buses travelling to football matches.

“Whilst the checks proved positive and removed a significant amount of alcohol, no doubt helping to reduce potential disorder, it is disheartening to see that some supporters continue to carry and consume alcohol on their way to matches.

“It is against the law and we will continue to target anyone who ignores the legislation, to ensure people can enjoy the football in a safe environment.”