Celtic announce fantastic initiative before St Johnstone match

By Euan Davidson

October 14, 2021

Celtic have launched an initiative that harks to the founding of the club.

The Bhoys are to host a food bank collection before the match against St Johnstone on the 23rd of October.

In what’ll be Celtic’s second home game since the international break, fans are being encouraged to bring along a range of items to help out Glasgow North East food bank.

Food poverty is still a substantial problem in modern Scotland. Therefore, this is a fantastic opportunity for supporters to help out their community.

The Celtic FC Foundation announced the plans earlier today [Celtic FC]. The Foundation’s chief, Tony Hamilton, said [Celtic FC]:

“This is needed more than ever, and we are very grateful to everyone who might be in a position to help us. Thank you in advance, if you can assist at the match.

“Our partnership with Glasgow North East Foodbank and many other Foodbanks will benefit from this, and it’ll come at a time when many of them are urgently needing stock for their clients.”

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Fans are being asked to bring a number of different items, specifically: “UHT milk, Juice, Tinned meat (ham etc), Tuna, Rice/custard, Tinned fruit [and] Tinned vegetables”.

It’ll be the first official food bank collection in two years, owing largely to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the meantime, the Foundation have made huge strides with their Football For Good Fund. The FFGF is a multi-faceted response to the global crisis.

This is the Celtic we know and love: a food bank drive is a brilliant initiative before St Johnstone match

With fuel price rises, shortages in the supermarkets, an increase on National Insurance and the pandemic still raging on, it’s a tough time for so many.

That’s why acts of community like this are so important. And it’s so deeply in tune with why Celtic were founded in the first place.

Celtic fans are also being asked to help out Motherwell’s efforts this weekend. If the Hoops faithful can contribute to two successful charity efforts in consecutive weeks, it’ll say even more about the core values of the club’s support.

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It’ll be good enough welcoming the team back to Celtic Park in the league. Against teams like St Johnstone, wins are absolutely massive this season. Callum Davidson’s side are the type who can dent campaigns, as their domestic double last season proved.

It’ll also be a good audition for the Premier Sports Cup semi final at Hampden. Ange Postecoglou’s Bhoys face the Saints on the 20th of November, in what ought to be a Saturday night classic.

With a big result needed on and off the park, fans will be desperate for next Saturday to come around.

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