A GROUP of young football Ultras added a unique atmosphere to a mock Old Firm match between fans in Drongan.

The die-hard fans turned up to the grassy patch outside of The Boolers pub and let off smoke bombs as they cheered on the blue-half of the teams.

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A special five-a-side game was set up by pub landlord, Ryan McCubbin who wanted to do something to replace the anticipated derby clash between Rangers and Celtic, which was axed over coronavirus fears.

Ryan, 24, arranged the match between pals at the former bowling green spot in the village.

But he had no idea that the mini-game would attract its own support, with youngsters lining up to turn the small patch of grass into a ‘mini-Ibrox’.

Ryan told the Chronicle: “We just arranged the game, set up a couple of teams and it went from there really.

“Everybody had the Monday off work anyway, because of the Old Firm, so we had the game then just had a pool tournament in the pub after it. It was all just for a laugh really.

“I wasn’t expecting it. One of them turned up with a drum, next thing they were setting off smoke bombs.”

The makeshift game finished 5-5, with the Gers select winning on penalties much to the delight to the gathering fans.

Following the success of the game Ryan has set his sights on holding more friendly matches, with a charity game planned for May to coincide with the Champions League final.

And he hopes maybe next time, Drongan’s footballing star Kirk Broadfoot might come along.