Stand up , for the Champions!

What a Monday evening.
Boom,, just like that at dinner time 800 souls get their Thursday night ruined.
The PLC were not forced, but have chosen to close a chunk of the standing section.
They say it’s for safety.

Do me a favour,, next time you’re out having a pint or food shopping, watch how many people get told ‘ sorry you’re not getting a pint in case you get rowdy ‘ or ‘ you’re not allowed in this shop just in case you shoplift ‘.
Any business with that policy wouldn’t survive. Thats treating people extremely poorly, presumed guilty , and certainly not an attitude I would wish at the club I love.

And this safety reason,,,lets count it up.
Plc harm caused vs fan caused harm.
The crush.
The Ajax fans
The Lazio scum
Vs
All those burn victims in 112 and 111 that we hear of.

Gimme a break,,, the suits bring more ,, far far more danger into our house than others. Ban scum away fans and let more faithful in !
And by the way theres no hot water in the toilets professionals.

So here we have a much maligned regime, facing a tumultuous Agm in three days, chucking a massive squirrel out there.
A big one that divides.
The Green Brigades pyros and their subsequent fines.

The people that have became custodians of OUR club have taken it upon themselves to tell fans no you’re not getting in, without being ordered to by anyone else. Without any proof they are guilty of anything but support financially and otherwise.
On a European night that happens to be a dead rubber primarily because the team responds to the magical crowd, inspired most by those banned!?

However let’s not go there.
Let’s look at the who, what, when, where, why?
1st,, the Plc who dont say anything not already calculated.
2nd,, a big dig at a section of fans who divide opinion just as they are about to get punches thrown at them.
Try pointing over their shoulder and shouting ” Behind You ” at the angry people next time ffs. Pathetic.
And theres a big sign no heart for a fight, just tried to start one somewhere else when the fist might have been coming your way.
Wimp. Grow a set. Or give it to men that wont effing back down.
Running from a fight , Jesus wept. Celtic fan my Irish arse.
There’s what Epl wages gets you lads, heart of a mouse.
3rd, , When indeed. Now 3 is a great number but the actual week of the match?
Knowing that the European nights are the stuff of legend when all are in attendance and united behind the team for those 90 minutes plus?
Knowing the faithful travel from all over and especially for the bigger games?
And after the Green Brigade had just did a great service with a food collection that ultimately represented the clubs history and nature they clearly held it back to take the credit for that and maximum advantage of timing. What was wrong with last Wednesday?

Too much time for the fans to talk,,,,?
Where,, only in probably Europes biggest football cesspit where else.
Why, ,, The biggest reason of all is because the Agm is upon us. Make no mistake that’s exactly why it just happened.

This entire episode just reinforces to me personally how unfit these people are to be at the helm of OUR club.
THEY ARE UNDESERVING TO REPRESENT YOURSELVES OR OUR BEAUTIFUL CLUB!
I mean just look at this,,, ban them after we use them this weekend and have made a mint from them, so they don’t talk about me and will ask about him, so we scrape by another year on over average wages yadda yadda.
Colleen vs Rebecka ffs?
Its classless, it’s classic deflection, and it’s as clear as glass. Its very unbecoming.
We can read them like a book now, and the old saying can’t fool all the people is ringing very true.
DONT FALL FOR THE SQUIRREL!!!

So why a squirrel?
If you deflect you’re hiding the truth. Plain common sense.
Deflection itself is an affront to anyone at the helm of OUR club where they should always be only steadfast honourable souls who genuinely have the fans and footballing department as the primary concern.
Deflection? Its is the person who head on confronts an issue I long for, and should confrontation find that person then the knowledge they will hold NO MATTER WHAT to yours and the faithfuls version of what Glasgow Celtic actually stands for is all we ask for and need.
Plus pay well for. Waay over average for our market actually.
At this special club we not only want but demand people whom we can trust with the task of running us legitimately and more importantly honorably,, full stop.

This regime, at the hour of it’s ending, plays the divide and conquer card ? !
Does that not say it all?
That these men must be no more?
Petty tricks instead of proud examples who know the responsibility that comes with that custodianship mantle !
Seriously?
EPL wages for petty tricks?
They reduce our proud and noble club with a history that is our spirit personified to divide and conquer.
One word springs to mind, , Unfit.
Not close behind, , , Shame !

My friend in the days and weeks to come we must not lose focus, not forget, and certainly don’t accept what they are feeding you.
Many will point to on field success but we have seen off field affairs bring down giant clubs before, upfront and close by with our feet up and a primetime view as a matter of fact.
Our ‘ men of honour ‘ wont admit that ,,, that would bring in less money even though the plain truth.
On field affairs are fantastic and my fellow Ulsterman has things in order. Relax on that front.
But its now the moral compass of our institution we should concern ourselves with at these times. And this Ulsterman knows more than enough about that.
That compass is everything that is good about us.
We must preserve it,,at any expense.
Anyone,,and I mean anyone ,, tries to sell our soul while Im alive ,,
Its get behind me or get outta my way.
I know youre the same.
Back the Resolutioners ! They deserve it .

The above is by Mahe. See you on the front line soon.
Any emails the address is sentinelcelts@gmail.com.
Until the last rebel.

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Mahe
November 26, 2019 3:55 am

They dare reduce the club of my dearly departed to another ran, , , God help em.
We ain’t taking this bhoys.
New men or the streets.
They decide.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
November 26, 2019 6:06 am

MAHE

I said towards the end of the last article that I can understand why it is being done. But that doesn’t mean I agree with it. And the tardiness of the announcement is shabby,at best. I doubt that the GB will take this lying down,and my feeling is that things will get ugly between them and the board.

Now,IMO,this is a board which could do without a war on two fronts,because tomorrow sees the AGM and their attempt to ditch Res 12-2019 in favour of leaving Res 12-2013 down the blind alley of the SFA investigating themselves. A la the huns and the Pinsent Masons report that we all guffawed at rather incredulously at the time.

Who’s in charge of their PR? Charles Manson? Or is that another area where PL thinks he knows better than the experts? Well,we’ve been waiting for the shit to hit the fan for a while-I just didn’t think he’d hit 800 of them all at once.

Mario Bertolini
November 26, 2019 6:19 am

Mahe, well written in barely controlled anger/frustration. what you have stated above is so true.
We might have known that they would have something planned to a negate Agm, Res12 questions.
Ok deal with GB, discuss the whys and whynots of their actions/displays. There are some aspects like flares a defo no no. Banners I’m undecided. My problem is after GB good charitable work at W/E this is downright despicable.
As you state why now, an European game which will be broadcast euro wide and a swathe of terracing empty.
In what light does that show our stadium? What will European commentators say.
Bad bad move if they wanted to send a message to GB do it at the w/e. For the life of me cannot get my head around it. Ah well now we are the same as them, turn deflectors up to max. aye aye Cap’n.

Twists n turns
November 26, 2019 7:02 am

Mario
On the GB:

I’m at a total loss as to why their magnificent charity work seems to be used as an excuse as to somehow giving them the right to behave as they see fit?

There are a lot of Celtic supporters carrying out charity work, yet don’t feel the need to conduct themselves in a manner that causes headaches and fines for the club.

Why the flares? ( as you have also alluded to)

I was helping out a food bank on Saturday morning. I don’t feel it gives me the right to start breaching rules.

As for the board?

Calculating to the last. This self inflicted closure?
What a crock of shit. Getting their retaliation in first. “Oh look Uefa? We’ve administered our own punishment “

Yeah – in a dead rubber. Make sure no closure is inflicted upon them in the next tie when they can maximise their income.

Transparent as ffff. The dollar is king for these fekkers.

Mario Bertolini
November 26, 2019 7:13 am

Twists n Turns, they have no right to act in the way that they do. It was just the timing of the boards actions.
There are many people and organisations who voluntary give a lot of their time to help those that are in need of food shelter and councelling amongst other things. And yes they like yourselve do not seek acclaimation. you and others do it out of kindness and possibly duty to help your fellow man/woman in their time of need.

that in its own is a sad inditement on society today caused by greed.

Twists n turns
November 26, 2019 7:16 am

Why don’t the board deliver the ultimatum:

“One more breach of UEFA regulation and the standing section goes”

If someone kept coming to my house and breaking the rules whether they agreed with them or not, they’d be told in no uncertain terms where to go and not to come back. If they left me £50 on every visit it’d make no odds. Keep yer money and fekk off .

Therein lies the difference though.

This board are trying to balance the pound v the pain.
The GB create atmosphere. That assists in gathering points. What do points make? Yep – pounds.

Then the merchandising. That brings ££ too.

So their selfishness compromises their morals.

Ban them or disband them means no more UEFA fines. Right?

Yeah – but it also means more £££’s lost than gained.

Pathetic .

big packy
November 26, 2019 8:05 am

MORNING ALL, mahe brilliant stuff, that’s what I call a rallying call,hh.

m6bhoy
November 26, 2019 8:06 am

Sorry Mahe but this bit is no longer true

“THEY ARE UNDESERVING TO REPRESENT YOURSELVES OR OUR BEAUTIFUL CLUB!”

The board represent the PLC’s shareholders and not the people in the stands. Also, it is no longer “our beautiful club” and in truth it’s a long time since it has been.

Supporters are no longer supporters these days. They have been relegated to the role of consumer whose pockets and wallets have to be emptied on a regular basis to ensure healthy dividends for the shareholders particularly the major ones. This is exactly the same relationship as exists between consumers and other businesses. I don’t consider myself to be a supporter of Lidl or Aldi even though I spend a significant amount of money in their shops. Lidl’s own brand Islay single malt is fantastic value at £17.49 by the way.

If Lidl or any other enterprise, behaved in a way that I deeply disapproved of then I would stop giving them my money. Why then do supporters continue to pour their hard-earned coffers into Peter and Desmond’s already over-flowing bank accounts? If supporters are really serious about change, and sadly, I suspect not enough are, then they have to find a way of hitting them where it hurts and hold onto their green pounds and euros. I appreciate how difficult that is for people as I went through this anguish myself but I did it and it’s not as bad as I first thought it would be.

If as is expected Res 12 is killed at the AGM then my already fading interest in the club will be totally extinguished though I will continue to admire the dedication of those wanting to fight on. I just won’t be watching the fight no more. Best regards.

big packy
November 26, 2019 8:10 am

MAHE great post as usual that’s a rallying call.

big packy
November 26, 2019 8:12 am

TWISTY, get your point as I did with atob last night, this is what swung it for me JimmynotPaul

Another thing, the PLC clearly knew they were going to do this, why wait until Monday.
Well what was happening on Sat, it was, of course, The Green Brigade foodbank collection, so PLC, cynically enjoy all the positives that brought the club, then ban over 800 fans.
Disgusting.

big packy
November 26, 2019 8:15 am

AULHEID, get where you are coming from, just wish we could compete with the big boys money wise.hh.?

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
November 26, 2019 8:22 am

M6BHOY

Tomorrow is a big day for the resolutioners,but the board are not attempting to bin Res 12. Well,not as such…

It is a new resolution,Res 12-2019 which they are advising shareholders to vote against. Res 12-2013 is still very conveniently parked with the SFA,the very body that the resolution seeks action against.

I know,you couldn’t make it up.

There’s been a lot of background work going on in the last fortnight or so between various sites with regard to a coordinated response to it all after the event,but the consensus is that we have to wait to see how the four men who have taken Res 12-2013 this far react to it all. The board may think they have been clever over all of this,but then,they called Nixon Tricky Dicky,and it didn’t do him any good either.

It’s always the cover-up,here endeth the lesson.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
November 26, 2019 8:29 am

From Phil yesterday,the important bit is towards the end of the article.

https://philmacgiollabhain.ie/2019/11/25/ronaldinho-and-rory-bremner/#more-14748

The Gombeen Man
November 26, 2019 9:34 am

Great read Mahe.

Leaders like Gandhi, Mandella, Martin Luther King and Jesus always questioned the use of rules by the powerful to abuse the poor.

The corrupt hide behind and manipulate rules.

Peter Lawwell’s cynical attempt to take the moral high ground is simply an example of the corrupt manipulating rules.

His mistake in following Dave King’s example by targeting 800 customers might be that the support will begin to see through the delusion that the Plc have any connection with Celtic other than the income streams we provide.

Lawwell performance this year has been lamentable.

*Loss of Rodgers,
*Loss of John McGinn,
*Successive failures to make CL.
*Embarrassment of the anointment in the showers.
*Burying of a report into crush under North Stand.
*No SFA reform.
*Sevco joint top of the league.
*Recruitment strategy in bin.

Regrettably, it will take a rock bottom to highlight the failings of this regime.

Regrettably too, the GB, Celtic Supporters Club and Celtic Trust all appear to have stood idly by and gorged on jelly and ice cream while the asset strippers have cannibalised the club.

Maybe transparent acts of self-preservation and deflection by the Gombeens in the Plc will wake up the support and their representatives?

Or are we just as addicted and vulnerable as the Sevvies?

HH

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
November 26, 2019 9:45 am

THEGOMBEENMAN

I believe that the Celtic Supporters Association are forbidden by their rule book,articles of association,to criticise. Which obviously makes them worse than useless. The CST have been strangely quiet recently,but they have form for standing foursquare behind the malcontents. Their current stance puzzles me,though I know that they had issues with the progress of Res 12-2013 even from before that AGM.

The GB clearly aren’t that interested in it either. It’s not their initiative,there’s nothing in it for them. Shockingly self-serving approach from them,but that’s a habit they have got into over the years. You know,come and give us your support for all our initiatives,but don’t expect any from us for yours.

Divide and rule,cunning tactic. You’d think that with our background we would have seen through that years ago.

The Gombeen Man
November 26, 2019 10:20 am

BMCUWPs,

Yep the CT went to meet with the Plc a few years ago and I never heard much from them again?

The GB is correct to highlight inequity where they see it but perhaps miss the point that it’s the mindset of the Plc that created the need for the food bank?

Maybe it’s too close to home for them (and the youngsters) to accept that they are every bit as manipulated as the Union Bears and Sevvies?

The CSC? The powerful hide behind rules. Wannabe blazers?

Difficult questions need to be asked.

Are we happy to turn a blind eye to any type of behaviour so long as we beat Sevco?

The Bliss Point I guess. The endorphin kick is so powerful we’ll rationalise and justify anything?

Problem is we can’t both win the league…

But we are now an EL side. Doesn’t matter so much about the CL. Winning the league domestically isn’t a big earner. Share that with the Servvies. The Old Firm will sell the SB’s and we’ll always have a bash at the EL.

In a bonanza year, we’ll win the league and make the CL.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
November 26, 2019 10:31 am

THEGOMBEENMAN

The day we throw away another title to them basterts is the day some Celtic fans might waken up to the reality.

The board will see it as a marketing exercise for the following season.

That’s where we are,mate. Shitshow Central.

The Gombeen Man
November 26, 2019 10:47 am

Bmcuwps,

I can remember Celtic Park not so long ago when it was half empty and that was with Rangers in the league.

I’ve no problem with a competitive league but a sectarian, racist, cheating league making money for the Plc?

I guess it’s too complicated for the average punter. Those with something to hide usually camouflage the issue with artificial complexities.

Anyway im off oot for a bit

HH

The Exiled Tim
November 26, 2019 10:50 am

The older I get the more disillusioned I become with the parasites that run or club, it really is close to walking away time for me, I am honestly finding it hard these days, I have enough shit in my life without these scum making me feel worse on a daily basis, this latest thing is nearly breaking the straw, not a single thought for the hundreds of innocent supporters, less than handful will be responsible yet they are punishing a huge number, then they sit in the boardroom all high and mighty all the while condoning the cheating, the theft, the corruption and ban supporters on a whim to suit their agenda, utter scum they are.

The Gombeen Man
November 26, 2019 11:22 am

TET,

It’s all about the ego of Pedro and the Plc.

He managed to take the gloss off the TT by putting himself centre stage and his anointment in the showers.

Now 800 are scapegoated to create a self-righteous diversion and camouflage the obscene love of money that is crippling the game.

They have created a monster where anything goes if it turns a profit. It’s a consumer culture of waste gone mad.

It’s all about Lawwell, Desmond greed and milking the peasant for all they have.

It’s an affront to decency and in the language of our ancestors Gombeenism.

Bada Bing
November 26, 2019 11:26 am

King does walking away….

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
November 26, 2019 11:32 am

BADABING

What? Wow!

Isn’t that the guy who promised them the money to see out the season?

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
November 26, 2019 11:36 am

So King does the walk of shame. Pity he doesn’t fancy a dancing partner,they can tango into the sunset together.

Coneybhoy
November 26, 2019 12:07 pm

the interesting part of King walking away for me is that he will keep his shares, water them down with a share issue(which loses his family money) and then leave the board.

Initially, i thought he was moving back into a Dermot Desmond role; major shareholder who diluted his shares to help fund the club but stayed on the board

the way he has done it give him the opportunity to say:

It was my staunch duty (already said it)
It was a nightmare job due to Ashley(the taig) and only my world class brown broguery save the day (already said it)
I am letting my family down and have super dooper brillant other businesses despite having no cash to buy Sevco shares(already said it)
I have lost money to help my beloved club(s) twice
I have left the club in a much better place than when I came in
If only sjamboking was legal in Scotland , they would not have pushed me out

The next move will be more interesting:-

who will be chairman? Ashley appointee or will Minty leave the jungle and return as saviour?

What is this role that King will have dealing with SD and MA? Are Sevco looking to make the losses vs SD a personal liability for King or just putting the responsibility on him to sort it?

Finally, what leverage was used to oust him and who did the levering? He is biggest shareholder so i assume it is someone or a group who are bringing new investment as long as he moves aside

As Paul67 on CQN always says; King leaving is likely not to be good for us

Hail Hail

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
November 26, 2019 12:12 pm

BADABING

Terrible stuff for the girl involved,but that was at an indoor arena. I’ve said plenty of times that I’m not in favour of pyro,and with due deference to your profession,I doubt that is comparing like for like.

However,I hope it gives some of them pause for thought.

fan-a-tic
November 26, 2019 1:41 pm

m6bhoy @8-06
Great post.
This latest crock from the boardoom carpetbaggers may well be the final straw for me personally.
Their silence on genuine concerns is deafening.
And their disdain for the Celtic support is glaring.

Bada Bing
November 26, 2019 1:45 pm
Auldheid
November 26, 2019 2:50 pm

There should be more later on Res12 2019 to tomorrow’s Celtic AGM, but here is a small reminder of what took place last year when the Res12 of 2013 was raised during the Q & A session from the floor.

It began:

Lets see if I have this right.

Fourteen months after instigating an investigation, the SFA are assuring Celtic shareholders via the club that something, but we don’t know what, will be referred to CAS but we don’t know why nor do we know when.

The assurances that something unclear will happen comes four months after that CAS referral decision was made and there still has been no referral.

It has been five months since June when the shareholders lawyer (at a cost of £2.5k on top of earlier bills amounting to £7.5k) put a series of questions along with supporting evidence to the SFA copied to Celtic to which no answers have as yet been given.

So the questions I have for The Celtic Board are:
1. Are Celtic actually bound by the SFA JPDT Decision to refer something to CAS and if so on what basis given that Andrea Traverso Head of UEFA Club Licensing in his letter of 8th June to Celtic shareholders said and I quote.

“It is not the general policy of UEFA to write directly to lawyers representing unidentified clients and if this is a matter a member club of the Scottish Football Association ( IE CELTIC ) wishes to take up with UEFA then the club should do so directly.”
Further: can it be explained to shareholders here in the room and at large why Celtic are not asking UEFA CFCB to investigate given:

1. Fundamentally it is a breach of UEFA rules that is under investigation, which is a job for UEFA – and what Res12 requested.

And

2. UEFA’s recent statement of 12 November ( 2018) (and again I quote)

“Should new information suggest that previously concluded cases have been abused, those cases may be capable of being re-opened as determined on a case-by-case basis.”

In summary:
• Why have Celtic from the beginning chosen to eschew direct UEFA involvement?
• Why are they not now taking the new information into account in respect of that choice and reviewing it?
• Given the time it has taken the SFA to decide that CAS should be involved (for unclear reasons) are Celtic willing to wait an undetermined period until the SFA are able to progress the matter or will it be all over by ST Renewal time next April (2019)?
• Would it be possible for shareholders representatives to meet the SFA Compliance Officer and CEO before Christmas(2018) to ascertain progress, to be able to provide assurances based on clarity to those they represent?
• Can we have answers to those questions confirmed in writing please to send to signatories of Resolution 12?

That was then. This is now.

A year later the questions remain unanswered and it will be interesting to find out at the forthcoming AGM, where the proposal to take the matter to UEFA will be outvoted by larger shareholders, just how long Celtic are willing to give the SFA to finish the investigation job they began in September 2017.

Bada Bing
November 26, 2019 3:41 pm

Is the share issue for the Gullabillies, to raise money to pay King for his shares?

fan-a-tic
November 26, 2019 3:47 pm

Since arithmetic is not their strong suit at Ibrox you would think that the mssm would help them out and publish the correct figures.
They are quoting squad value at 103 million at the agm.Should surely have been a trillion?
A recent ibrox blogger with a penchant for stupidity put a value of 120 million on Morelos alone,80 million on Jack,20 on Barisic and Aribo,15 on Tavsie and 5 on Kamara.
Now i admittedly have no accountancy background but that’s 260 million right there so why are they so badly undervaluing their Galacticos?
Is squinty planning a fire sale and pocketing 157 million.
Leaving their fans to follow some of our blogs lead and hold a party for the glorious balance sheet with the remainder?

Margaret McGill
November 26, 2019 4:10 pm

I have been of the opinion way before res 12 that the PLC perceive the fans as dumb peasants to be fleeced.
As per res12 – peasants interfering in the gravy train. Thats all. They have nothing to hide.
GB – peasants to be dealt with. Give their names to the cops if necessary. Steal their ideas for a few more bigot bucks. the dumb fucks will even take pride in being fleeced.
The AGM – peasant out maneuvering thats all.
Keep believing that Celtic is a Walfrid vanguard of sanctity decency and dignity and hand over your bigot bucks.
You know you want to.

big packy
November 26, 2019 5:36 pm

MAGS, cap doffed?

big packy
November 26, 2019 5:51 pm

so sad to hear good tims, pondering chucking it because of our tory board, and the freemasons and orangemen in the sfa, look ghuys we have been shafted and cheated since adam was a boy, there have been 9 chiefs of the sfa, John McDowall (1882–1928)
Sir George Graham (1928–1957)
Willie Allan (1957–1977)
Ernie Walker CBE (1977–1990)
Jim Farry (1990–1999)
David Taylor (1999–2007)
Gordon Smith (2007–2010)[7]
Stewart Regan (2010–2018)[8][9]
Ian Maxwell (2018–present)[1
everyone a mason and Orangeman with maybe stewart regan, not a member of the orange order, the point being our fathers and grandfathers knew we were being shafted, but they never gave up and walked away, but fair play to you ghuys who have had enough, I truly don’t blame you .hh.

Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2019 6:15 pm

Packy

Celtic are not being cheated.

If I see you on the street and punch you in the face, that is an assault.

However, if you and I are boxing in a match, and I punch you in the face, that is not an assault.

Because, in the latter, you have either explicitly or implicitly consented to being hit in the face.

Of course, just because you have agreed to box, and have thus agreed that I may hit you in the face, that does not mean that you agree that I can shot you.

You have to look at the circumstance.

In Celtic’s case, it has not objected or taken issue with the uneven application of what we understood were the rules. Given the amount of time, it would be hard to argue that we haven’t accepted that there are different sets of rules for different clubs.

If we know this, and agree to it, we can’t really say that we are being cheated.

Bada Bing
November 26, 2019 6:15 pm

Green brigade statement

As an ultras group it is inevitable that we will occasionally court controversy or conflict be that through our style of support or indeed our political identity. In spite of this, for over ten years we have maintained a reasonable working relationship with the Club which usually manifests itself by way of regular meetings. Unfortunately, this relationship broke down early in the season when we had the audacity to criticise the Celtic Board for a lack of investment. Although engagement has remained, it has been largely futile and undermined by a breakdown of trust.

Throughout our near 15-season existence, we have always accepted responsibility for our actions and ramifications where justified and proportionate. We know that the use of pyrotechnics may bring consequences therefore accept the inevitable sanctions for using it. We regret that any fans outside of our membership should suffer those consequences and point to that being disproportionate and unnecessary. To implement sanctions at 3 days’ notice highlights a blatant disregard for the considerable expense and arrangements some fans undertake to support Celtic. Considering we met with the Club last week to discuss potential sanctions specifically against our Group, the timing and scope of this decision is particularly vindictive. That it comes 2 days before an AGM expected to skirt by fan-led issues like ‘Resolution 12’ serves further cynicism as to its motives.

We appreciate that pyrotechnics run the risk of drawing the ire of footballing authorities. There are varied views among the Celtic support on its use however it is undeniable that such displays of passion in the stands remain incredibly popular with significant swathes of Celtic supporters, whilst it’s safe use is common across the footballing world. Pyrotechnics within football, and even at Celtic, predates the Green Brigade. It would be naïve to assume that it can simply be eradicated and instead, the mature, progressive approach would be for football clubs and authorities to properly engage with fans to promote safe use. On the select occasions we opt to use pyro, we do so with total regard for safety and seek to limit risk as much as possible.

Since the inception of Safe Standing in Celtic Park, our communications with the Club have been dominated by Health & Safety concerns which we have, and remain, committed to trying to mitigate. Without covering old ground, we have done as much as is within our power to help combat overcrowding within our area. Ultimately though, fans’ migrating to this area never has been – nor will it ever be – the fault of those who legitimately occupy the area. It is completely unreasonable for the Club to sanction fans within Safe Standing for their own failure to manage this issue: one which only exists at around 5 fixtures per season. Conveniently, the Club statement only very briefly mentions this issue – framed around a UEFA fine narrative – despite assuring us it is the primary factor behind sanctions.

As with overcrowding, punishing fans for the latest UEFA fine is unfair. Whilst tens of thousands partook in the offending chant, we are happy to accept responsibility for leading the ‘fuck Lazio’ chorus and make no apologies for displaying the same message in their native tongue. Politics aside, football is a tribal sport and to sanitise the game to the extent that cursing the opposition is in breach of regulations only renders said regulations – and the body enforcing them – not fit for purpose. More importantly, we are a proudly anti-racist group who took a stand against one of the most notoriously fascist supports in world football. That stand culminated in £16,000 being raised for two refugee charities between Rome and Glasgow – an appeal which perfectly showcased the Celtic support and is certainly more newsworthy than football supporters swearing.

The Club often purport to be a club like no other, a slogan modelled on Barcelona. Unlike their Catalonian counterparts though, the Celtic board would rather shirk from the traditions of Celtic instead of following their example in challenging unethical regulations and sanctions. The oldest Celtic tradition of all is charity and the Celtic support united on Saturday to once again produce the largest single collection for foodbanks in this country, as they do annually. It is a shame that this should be overshadowed by the Club sowing seeds of division.

As the team strives for a historic 9 – and then 10 – in a row, we would rather not be engaged in this negative narrative. Our aim, as always, is to positively support Celtic and following Thursday we hope to get back to that. However, omitted from the Club statement is the fact that all Green Brigade tickets for all upcoming fixtures are being withheld until further notice – including the upcoming League Cup Final and potentially as far as to the Glasgow Derby at the end of the year. We hope that the Club will reconsider this position and re-engage with fans in a meaningful manner.

Until The Last Rebel

timhorton
November 26, 2019 6:24 pm

the posters who might walk away a question….will you never watch celtic again until…………..
or.. stop buying merchandise.

Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2019 6:32 pm

Bada

Seems like a reasonable statement by the GB

big packy
November 26, 2019 6:32 pm

MIKE calm doon,, . your passion shines through? luv to seamus?

Twists n turns
November 26, 2019 6:34 pm

Mike
Reasonable?

You gotta be kidding right?

Bada Bing
November 26, 2019 6:36 pm

MIT- Basically, we know pyros are wrong, but we don’t give a fk,and well do it again.

Twists n turns
November 26, 2019 6:38 pm

So if uefa tell Celtic any more pyrotechnics and you’re banned from Europe for a season, the GB would do what?

Have the club kicked out cos they think they have the right to support Celtic in whichever way they feel fit?

You know what – I think it’s time Celtic decided to fight back and close the standing section.

I’m no board lover – quite the opposite – but with these selfish arrogant sods?

The Exiled Tim
November 26, 2019 6:42 pm

Basically, we know pyros are wrong, but we don’t give a fk,and well do it again.

Basically we know the sfa are corrupt and they are breaking the rules to the determent of our club but we don’t give a fuck and we will continue to fleece you mugs, roll up with your money, fools.

Mahe
November 26, 2019 6:43 pm

Thats quite a statement.
A very lengthy aye we do pyro.
I get where all are coming from in this but please remember there are people out there who would love nothing better than the support to splinter over this issue.
There’s much bigger fish to fry.
Eyes on the prize.
Hail Hail

Twists n turns
November 26, 2019 6:47 pm

Mahe
It’s starting to feel like I’m getting asked who I dislike most? Hitler or Bin Laden?

Both need kicked out the place.

Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2019 6:48 pm

.
our Board ignores fundamental laws of the game, but will not even give fans an explanation for why they are not being followed….

vs

A small band of fans who break what is a minor rule, and who seem to be willing to own up to it, and are seeking a way to deal with the situation …

I know which one I believe is more important.

As others have pointed out, the timing of Celtic’s announcement is clearly intended to divide the support and keep them from working together against the real enemy- the Board.

The Exiled Tim
November 26, 2019 6:48 pm

Twists
With respect that is bollix, not a single club have had any stadium closure, or part closure for Pyro, not one let alone a ban from euro competition, to say so is scaremongering that the ejits latch on to as if it’s gonna happen, it’s not gonna happen, not a hope will it happen, uefa are on a gravy train for the fines, they will continue to fine clubs and the clubs will continue to pay them.
I don’t agree with the Pyro btw, I disagree with the ott reaction.
HH

Twists n turns
November 26, 2019 6:52 pm

TET
With the same respect in my opinion your talking bollox . Bans or fines whatever. Ffs

They’re now saying we can do wtf we like and bollox to who ever disagrees

Well I do. And neither you nor anyone else will change my opinion on it.

They need fucked out the place.

In my opinion …. and that’s MY opinion and I stick by it.

Mike in Toronto
November 26, 2019 6:53 pm

Someone on here would likely know ….

Am I correct in thinking that Scottish Human Rights legislation only applies to public bodies?

In Canada, we have legislation that deal specifiically with public bodies. However, we also have legislation that applies human rights to all situations, including private bodies.

Too bad, as a way to force the issue would be to lay a complaint that Celtic, by allowing the singing of anti-Catholic songs, is breaching basic human rights.

The Exiled Tim
November 26, 2019 6:58 pm

Twists
Again with respect, what you are saying will NEVER happen, it’s got nothing to do with what you or I think of the GB.
So if that is bollix, fine with me, carry on.
HH