Scotland League Cup

Israeli police on alert ahead of Celtic match

JERUSALEM (AP) Israeli police are on high alert ahead of a match between Celtic and Hapoel Beer Sheva after fans of the Scottish champions waved Palestinian flags at their last meeting.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says hundreds of police will be deployed in and around the stadium for the Champions League playoff match to "ensure that it is a sport event and not a political event," and that flags will be removed if necessary.

Political banners and protests are banned at matches organized by UEFA, European football's governing body.