Acting Celtic CEO Michael Nicholson speaks after brilliant off-field Christmas gesture

By Euan Davidson

December 7, 2021

We don’t often hear from Acting Celtic CEO Michael Nicholson, but he was more than entitled to say his piece after the Hoops donated £10,000 to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (GCHC).

Presented to GCHC by Ange Postecoglou and Greg Taylor, the donation will help support over 500 families through Greater Glasgow and Clyde [Celtic FC]. The GCHC raises money for the nearly 200,000 children who are treated at the Glasgow Children’s Hospital each year.

The club and its Charity Foundation have gone pedal to the metal in the lead-up to Christmas, with the Football For Good Fund ramping up its efforts. To launch this year’s Christmas Appeal, Celtic advertised it on their shirts against Dundee.

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The Foundation also auctioned off match-worn shirts. There’s also some superb merchandise available, with one item bearing an immortal Tommy Burns quote.

Michael Nicholson, last seen by Celtic fans at the rather testy AGM, was rightfully beaming about the Bhoys’ significant donation. He said [Celtic FC]:

“We are proud to have such a close relationship with Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, something we have developed over many years of work together and we are really pleased to support such a great institution once again.  

“Our Christmas campaign will once again have a major impact, assisting children in need, families, pensioners, the homeless and a range of charities and community groups, and will ultimately make such a positive difference to hundreds of people who are very deserving of our support. Our support of the hospital is a perfect example of this important work.

“We know this can be such a difficult time of year for so many people using the hospital and we send all our sincere best wishes to all the children, their families and all hospital staff this Christmas.”

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Acting Celtic CEO Michael Nicholson rightly proud of Hoops’ efforts

The Celtic CEO job must bring unparalleled stress at times. There have to be some good moments, though; chiefly when the team play well, and the club makes charity efforts.

The latter surely brings a great deal of satisfaction. Celtic were, of course, born through charity and compassion. You wouldn’t expect anything else from the club, especially around Christmas.

And of course, there’s a link with a fan charity appeal. Last week, the Green Brigade announced its own effort to raise money and donations of toys for GCHC, With Kids and Brightest Star.

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The values of raising money for the most vulnerable are something that the club and supporters have always shared. Suffice it to say, then, the Hoops faithful will be delighted with their club tonight.

With Covid-19, winter fuel prices and a range of social problems biting at wallets this winter, charity is arguably at its most important. Through the Celtic FC Foundation and the supporters, plenty of kids will have something to smile about at Christmas. Whether it’s a toy under the tree, or the life-saving support of Glasgow Children’s Hospital.

So, of course: kudos to Michael Nicholson and the club for getting this done.

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