GLASGOW City Council has said it has not received advice or requests from the police to re-route any Orange parades this Saturday.

Thousands of Orangemen and women and followers are expected to take part in more than 30 parades from across the city converging in the city centre  and Glasgow Green for the first big Orange parade since lockdown was lifted.

The Council responded to reports on social media it had refused a request to re-route parades away from Catholic Churches.

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It said it has had no such request.

Protest group Call It Out has said it is planning to hold “peaceful protests” outside two churches on the routes.

It claimed the police had asked for parades to be moved.

The council posted on its social media: “We are aware of social media reports suggesting GCC rejected police advice to reroute processions this weekend. It is important to be clear that this is untrue.

"We are working in very close partnership with police ahead of the processions and they have offered us no such advice.”

The Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland said it was looking forward to “a peaceful and successful parade” and to welcoming the supporters who turn out to watch.

A spokesman for the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland said: “The Grand Master Jim McHarg and Grand Lodge Executive Officers congratulate the County Grand Lodge of Glasgow on reaching the 200th anniversary of Orange parades in Glasgow.

“Jim McHarg stated he looks forward to a peaceful and successful parade as Glasgow’s Orange family celebrate their heritage and culture.

“We look forward to the pageantry, the colour and music and welcome the supporters of the Loyal Orange Institution who turn out to watch and enjoy the spectacle.

“Our message to everyone is keep safe and enjoy your day.”