Celtic earn Scottish Government praise for pre-derby messaging

By John McGinley

March 15, 2021

Scottish Government Justice Minister Humza Yousaf has praised both Celtic and Rangers for their pre-derby messaging urging supporters to stay at home.

The headlines last week were dominated by controversy following shameful scenes from Rangers fans in Glasgow’s George Square and other locations following their title win.

Overzealous celebrations in breach of lockdown rules drew ire from the Scottish Government and put the upcoming derby at Celtic Park in doubt.

It culminated in Friday night discussions between various stakeholders and a commitment from both clubs to offer robust messaging ahead of next weekend’s fixtures.

Since then high profile people from both clubs have featured in videos urging fans not to turn up at Celtic Park.

That’s now drawn praise from Yousaf on social media website Twitter.

It all bodes well for the fixture going ahead on Sunday as planned. The Scottish Government is due to update the Scottish Parliament on the issue this week.

With both clubs complying with guidance from the authorities, there should be no barrier to kick-off.

Nobody wants fans to turn up at the stadium and it’s a no-brainer for both clubs to comply and stick out that guidance as publicly as possible.

Hopefully Yousaf’s message indicates a toning down of rhetoric from all sides and that the match can pass peacefully without controversy.

In other news, Kris Commons has urged Celtic to sort out Scott Brown’s contract situation.