THREE Rangers supporters charged with singing racist songs ahead of the Old Firm derby have been banned indefinitely by the club.

Gers fans were filmed chanting about the famine during a march through Glasgow city centre before Sunday’s match.

Three men – aged 19, 21 and 24 – have been arrested and charged with racially aggravated offences and for singing racist songs.

They have now been banned from attending matches by Rangers.

A statement on the club's website read: "After liaising with Police Scotland regarding a well-documented incident on Sunday, Rangers have written to three individuals to confirm their indefinite ban from all club fixtures.

"We reiterate our club stance against all forms of discrimination and once again, underline our approach to so-called 'fans' who bring the good name of Rangers FC into disrepute."

The three arrests are expected to be the first of several.

Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, divisional commander for Greater Glasgow Police Division, said: "We have made the first of what I expect to be numerous arrests following the disgraceful racial conduct shown by a minority of Rangers supporters who were making their way to Ibrox stadium on Sunday August 29.

"Three men, aged 24, 21 and 19, were arrested and charged last night, Wednesday September 1, in connection with racially aggravated offences towards a member of the public and for the singing of racist material."

He said racist conduct will "not be tolerated" and investigations into the incident continue.

The police chief added: "We will continue to work with Rangers FC to identify and take appropriate action against those responsible."

The incident happened before Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 at Ibrox.

The three men arrested were released on an undertaking and are due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court at a later date.