Celtic regularly post ‘On This Day’ updates on Twitter, showcasing the illustrious history of the club.
Sometimes it’s something recent, like clips of the Bhoys putting 4 past Falkirk in 2009 [Celtic FC]. Other times, the Celtic social media team do a fantastic job of digging through the archives. Today, for example, Celtic’s twitter account shared that on this date in 1892, the Hoops won the first of 110 trophies.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? So why are supporters angry? Well, the name of a debt collector featured on the now-deleted tweet. Square it up with the origins of the club. Founded in 1887 to raise money for the poor in Glasgow’s East End, playing our first match in 1888, we’re now aligned with debt collectors.
That’s… not great.
The resulting anger was swift, and quite right, too. In the aftermath, the Celtic SLO explained that advertising space was sold by an independent company. He did, however, insist that he’d let the club know how disappointed supporters are by such an association.
There’s already a groundswell of protest against Celtic’s partnership with betting companies. On a match day at Celtic Park, supporters are exposed to a number of dubious gambling advertisements, from the sidelines to the toilets. That’s angered a lot of fans already.
So, expecting that allowing debt collectors to put their name next to Celtic’s without incident was more than a little naïve.
“Seriously?”; Celtic supporters respond to what should’ve been a straightforward post
The condemnation from supporters was quite fair, and vociferous.
Fans were baffled as to why Celtic thought this would go unnoticed.
@CelticFCSLO surely we shouldn’t be associating ourselves with debt collectors considering our founding values and continuous support for those growing up in deprivation?
Another example of how the @CelticFC board are out of touch with its fan base.
— Kieren Laverty (@KierenLaverty) April 9, 2021
A football club will be formed for the maintenance of dinner tables for the children and the unemployed, and if they don’t pay we’ll send the UK’s number one debt collectors after them.
— Chairman Lmao ☭ (@BenTheTim) April 9, 2021
BPO Collections? Seriously?
— ripvanjim (@ripvanjim) April 9, 2021
Debt collector’s. Really lads? pic.twitter.com/KAbLNIUMpq
— Kev Murray (@KevMurrayOff) April 9, 2021
Hello Celtic am I being bammed up pic.twitter.com/zFrhnzDmBP
— Georgios Stepharas (@chibchenko) April 9, 2021
The clubs so out of touch from its roots it’s unreal!
— Sean😎 (@Seanbhoy94) April 9, 2021
Why have Celtic entered into a sponsorship arrangement with a debt collection agency? That’s so far away from the founding ethos of the club. I’m astonished.
— Matthew Lee (@matthewlee2) April 9, 2021
Debt collectors? Do the board just sit at a table trying to think of ways they can be as far removed from the fans as possible? This season has been one horrible decision after another.
— MrCheshington (@MrCheshington) April 9, 2021
Debt collectors Celtic? Really? Not in keeping with the club ethos. 🍀 pic.twitter.com/Mu8E0YbAuV
— Tam (@TamMcKenna1888) April 9, 2021