Celtic FC Foundation launch brilliant merch for Christmas Appeal

By Euan Davidson

November 10, 2021

“They’re there, and they’re always there, and God bless every one of them”.

Those were Tommy Burns’ immortal words about the Celtic supporters after the 1988 Scottish Cup Final. Now, the Celtic FC Foundation are counting on the fans being there for the Christmas Appeal [Celtic FC].

In stylish fashion, the Foundation have put Burns’ iconic words on a t-shirt, to raise funds this Christmas. It comes days after Celtic bore the Foundation’s Christmas Appeal logo on their shirts against Dundee.

With the support and endorsement of the Burns family, the t-shirts are being sold as an ideal Christmas gift for supporters. Not only do they look good. More importantly, they contribute to the club’s Football for Good Fund. The FFGF has been in operation since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

The Foundation said [Celtic FC]:

“Through the [FFGF] Appeal, we want to give hundreds of families in our communities the Christmas they deserve, making sure there’s food on the table and gifts under the tree.

“We also wish to help pensioners, women and children in refuge, the homeless community, and refugees – as well as a whole host of others facing poverty and hardship.

“Charity, and the generosity and compassion of the Celtic family, will always be our past, present and future. It’s our heritage, our responsibility, our lifeblood.”

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Chance to support Celtic FC Foundation and honour Tommy Burns will go down well with supporters

It’s been hard not to think of Tommy Burns, recently. The sad passing of Walter Smith, Burns’ friend and Scotland colleague, reminded us that football rivalries can be bridged. It takes a special character to do it, though, and Burns was undoubtedly one of those.

In the spirit of the season, and in remembering Burns, this effort is a clever, meaningful and appropriate one. You know he’d have loved this.

This year in particular, the Celtic FC Foundation have been on it. A couple of weeks ago, before the St Johnstone game, a food bank collection raised 5500kg of food and over £6000 in cash [Celtic FC Foundation].

Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

When it comes to charity and supporting the club, Burns was right. The fans turn up in their thousands, and don’t forget the roots of the club.

Celtic, founded on principles of charity, recently celebrated 134 years of existence.

Burns was and is an integral part of that history. Honouring him like this feels entirely right.

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