Celtic's pleas to supporters to cancel Sunday protest likely to fall on deaf ears
The Celtic board have appealed to fans who are planning to protest this Sunday.
The Celtic Trust and other fan groups are set to demonstrate outside Celtic Park ahead of the Bhoys’ clash with Kilmarnock on Sunday, 13th December.
In a statement on Celtic’s website, the club referred to the “gathering” and emphasised health aspects of Sunday’s action:
“…the Club fully understands the concern and frustration amongst supporters following recent results and performances, but clearly, we do not believe staging an event of this kind is in the best interests of supporters, the team or the Club in general, particularly just prior to the match.
“For important clarification… the Club has not agreed to any gathering taking place. Celtic Football Club is not involved in the organisation of the proposed gathering.
“As is always the case, the Club is, of course, happy to engage with supporters and supporter groups to understand and discuss concerns, and the Club encourages supporters to raise their concerns with the Club directly.”
Unlikely to change any Celtic fan’s mind
This statement is the latest botched attempt to bring supporters onside. For one thing, the Celtic Trust have made it emphatically clear that health is of paramount concern.
The Trust’s protest will be stewarded, with volunteers on hand to offer face masks. Anything less would serve to delegitimise this protest in the eyes of the board and some supporters.
Obviously, the board are unlikely to be completely on-side for a protest against… well, themselves. No organisation in their right mind would openly welcome dissent en masse. It seems redundant for the club to come out and say “well, we don’t think you should do this”.
In an interview with 67 Hail Hail, organiser Jeanette Findlay emphasised that the protest would have no impact on the team’s entry to Celtic Park, nor the game itself. You can watch that interview in full on our YouTube page here.
The reality is, the board will have to listen one way or the other. If fans can’t currently watch matches and voice their opinions inside Celtic Park, then they’re forced to do it outside the stadium.
If we’re lucky, the board will be open to the feedback.