Celtic supporters' groups cancel planned rally before Preston match

By Euan Davidson

July 13, 2021

Celtic supporters’ groups Bhoys, Celtic Shared, Green Brigade, The Celtic Trust and the North Curve have cancelled their pre-match rally planned for Saturday.

The coalition of supporters’ groups had announced last week that they’d be making their voices heard ahead of the club’s friendly against Preston North End.

However, a change of travel plans for the team has meant that the protest will be rescheduled. A joint statement said [Celtic Shared]:

“We have been notified that the Celtic team and coaching staff will unfortunately not travel to Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Preston North End in a team coach in the usual manner. The players and staff will instead arrive for this game individually in their own cars.

“As a result of this, we are sadly no longer able to meet and greet the team to give the new manager the welcome that we sought to. We are therefore cancelling Saturday’s planned rally, thought we hope to be able to return to the stadium soon to provide our full support for Ange Postecoglou and the team when this is possible.

“We are growing slightly alarmed at the slow pace of change within the club as the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Rounds approach. The board must demonstrate that they have learned the lesson of previous years and provide the new manager with the tools to succeed within his role.”

Celtic supporters’ groups had planned to give a rousing reception to players and hold board to account

The plans were pretty simple. Given the upheaval, chaos and lack of planning shown by the club last season and beyond, there are still plenty of angry supporters. Frankly, Celtic have not done enough to placate the whole fan base.

Dom McKay has made promises to supporters, and impressed many in the process. However, not everyone is bought over quite yet. And while the organisations are enthusiastically backing Ange Postecoglou, his employers? Not so much. Not yet, anyway.

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Last week, 67 Hail Hail spoke to the Celtic Trust’s Jeanette Findlay, who told us:

“It’s important that while we want to be positive – and always are – and never want to do anything that’ll damage the football club, it’s important for us to be able to hold the board to account. And actually, it’s quite surprising what short memories people have. In effect, nothing has changed in terms of the board. They’ve brought in this manager after a shambolic – in every respect – process.”

Clearly, there’ll be other opportunities. The coalition of supporters’ groups have, rather humorously on their part, promised a January review this season. That mirrors the infamous “New Year Review” that was promised to supporters in 20-21 [Scotsman].

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