Steven Gerrard has defended Rangers supporters after thousands of fans broke lockdown to celebrate outside Ibrox on Saturday.
Rangers are on the brink of winning their first SPL title in 10 years following a 3-0 victory over St Mirren.
Under current guidelines, mass gatherings are banned in Scotland, while a maximum of two people from two households are allowed to meet outdoors.
But Rangers fans gathered at Ibrox to mob Gerrard and the players as they made their way to the stadium.
Rangers will be crowned champions on Sunday if Celtic drop points against Dundee United.
‘I have got to let the players enjoy this,’ Gerrard told Sky Sports.
‘It’s been a journey of ups and downs, I’ve only been part of it for three years, but for the past 10 years these fans, ex-players, staff have been through everything. It’s only normal that people want to enjoy themselves.
‘The priority is that people stay safe and respect the guidelines and rules, but there is another side where you have to realise what these people have been through. I’m absolutely delighted to be in this position, now we’ve got to go and finish the job off.
‘This is an emotional time. You’ve got to remember these fans are still buying season tickets, passes to RangersTV, memorabilia – they love the club, the club is their life. The players have to respect that, and you cannot turn a blind eye to or disrespect that.
‘I totally understand why the players wanted to go to the corner, but at the same time the priority is the fans’ safety.
‘We want to remain humble and continue to focus on what’s left this season and keep doing well, but you’ve got to realise that when you are inside this, it’s only normal that people will get emotional.
‘We will see what happens tomorrow, it’s out of our control, I can only control the future games and now I will prepare the team for Europe, where we have a big incentive to get into the last eight.
‘But tonight we want to let this soak and settle in, we’re on a big high because we know we are 99.9 per cent there, and that is an incredible place to be in.
‘This is a monumental achievement, what the players are about to achieve.
‘We will recover tomorrow at the training base, have lunch together and I am sure the [Celtic] game will be on in the background, though we haven’t planned that.
‘We will see what happens, the priority now is to recover ahead of a huge game on Thursday, but it is tough to keep control of a group of players who are on cloud nine.’