Police Scotland have issued advice ahead of tonight’s Edinburgh derby at Easter Road.

Chief Inspector Gill Geany, Match Commander, said: “The Edinburgh derby is always a fantastic atmosphere, regardless of whether it’s in Gorgie, or Leith.

“Ahead of the match at Easter Road on Tuesday 24th October, I would like to remind supporters of both teams to behave appropriately so that the experience is not tarnished for themselves or others.

“I will have an appropriate police presence in and around Easter Road to keep the public safe and deter any criminal activity before, during and after the match.

“Part of our role on the day will be to assist stewarding staff with searches, and I would like to remind fans that alcohol, flares and other banned items should not be brought to the stadium. If you are found in possession of these things, you won’t get in and may face further police action.

“Similarly, no one will be allowed access to the stadium whilst drunk and remember that if you are drunk you will be turned away.”

Supporters who attend the game are reminded not to engage in any unacceptable conduct at the match.

Fans are asked to arrive early to ensure that you are in the ground in time for the kick-off. Please comply with the instructions of Police Officers and Stewards and note that searching is a condition of entry to the stadium. Searches are carried out to keep everyone safe and your cooperation is appreciated.

You are reminded that any person having a flag(s) or banner(s) and the like which may contain offensive or otherwise unacceptable material and/or flares, fireworks, devices capable of emitting smoke or the like and/or any other object which may cause or be part of any incident of unacceptable conduct on his/her person or any such person refusing to be searched shall not be admitted to the ground and any ticket held by him/her shall be liable to be confiscated without compensation and he/she shall be liable to such other proportionate sanction as the Club may determine.

Persons so engaged are likely to be arrested and may be the subject of a football banning order.