Police urge people to plan their journey into Aberdeen ahead of crunch football match

People heading into Aberdeen city centre on Sunday are being encouraged to plan their journey as football fans will be heading to a big game at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen play Celtic with a 1.30pm kick off and a crowd of 18,500 people is expected.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Officers are reminding fans that the town will be busier and to plan their journeys in advance as the weather is anticipated to turn colder.”

She added: “Aberdeen FC has worked closely with Celtic FC, Police Scotland, British Transport Police and other local partners to finalise plans.”

Seaton Community Policing Inspector Craig Feroz said: “Officers will be in attendance at the match to assist the stewards and we would ask that fans and the community work with us to support the policing operation.

“Additional police resources will be utilised, including the Mounted Branch and the Dog Unit.

“It is anticipated that there will be increased traffic around the City Centre and Seaton areas with restrictions in place around the stadium.

“We would encourage fans to plan their journey in advance, allow extra time and arrive early.

“Please be mindful that there are roadworks on the A90 for the AWPR and within the city centre.”

Insp Feroz added: “We want supporters to enjoy their day out and we know that the overwhelming majority will want to remember the day for all the right reasons.

“We would like to remind fans that alcohol is not permitted within the stadium and those who turn up at the ground under the influence will not be permitted entry.

“Additional officers will be on patrol in the area and any concerns can be reported to them.”