Celtic publish class Glen Kamara messages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as Kennedy explains decision

By John McGinley

March 21, 2021

Celtic and Rangers have both published messages of unity against racism on social media during today’s derby at Celtic Park.

Midfielder Glen Kamara has accused Slavia Prague player Ondrej Kudela of racially abusing him during Thursday night’s Europa League match at Ibrox.

Replays of the incident showed Kudela purposely leaning into the player’s ear and saying something with his mouth covered.

The reaction from Kamara and other Rangers players was immediate and distressing to witness.

Before Scottish Premiership matches this season, teams across the country have been taking a knee in support of anti-racism movements.

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However, today, both sides decided to stand in unity and in support of Kamara, in an effort to urge footballing authorities to take more meaningful action on the issue.

The backroom staff members from both clubs also stood shoulder to shoulder on the touchline.

Celtic posted messages of support for the Rangers midfielder on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Rangers also published a similar message on their social media pages.

Celtic interim manager John Kennedy explained the decision on BBC Radio Scotland this morning (11:06), saying: “Today we won’t be taking a knee, as a team. Rangers will be doing the same, they will stand. I think that will send out a stronger message.

“We’ve been doing the knee for a long time but I think it’s probably lost its way a little bit in terms of the message behind it.

“Hopefully today, it’s a massive game, standing together will send out a much stronger message that more has to be done.

“Even your biggest rivalries you park aside for something like that.”

The Celtic and Rangers captains before kick-off / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic and Rangers sending the right message

Kennedy is spot on with his assessment.

Organisations such as UEFA and the Scottish FA have to be doing much more to combat racism and other forms of bigotry, especially when it takes place on the pitch.

The way Celtic and Rangers came together today will create positive awareness and headlines around Europe. The gesture must be followed through on by the authorities that can effect change.

That’s why it was right to park rivalry aside for a short spell and send a strong message of solidarity.

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