Green Brigade encourage Celtic welcome at Hampden

By Euan Davidson

December 16, 2020

The Green Brigade have encouraged Celtic supporters to greet the team on Sunday afternoon.

Ahead of a momentous Scottish Cup Final, the supporters’ group sent a message via the North Curve Twitter page.

A short video was posted, showing fans welcoming the team to Celtic Park on Sunday, amidst vociferous protests against the board.

The group want fans to congregate at the Aikenhead Road entrance to Hampden Park before the match.

However, with social distancing protocol still in play, it will be important to keep the fans’ welcome safe, otherwise the Green Brigade may face more criticism.

 

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Tier 3 and what it means for this action

Glasgow City is still in Tier 3 of Coronavirus restrictions. This means that outdoors, individuals are encouraged to stand 2 metres apart. In the Scottish Government’s words, “the maximum number of people who can meet outdoors is 6 which can be from up to 2 separate households.”

The Green Brigade faced criticism for protests outside Celtic Park from all corners. The First Minister (Daily Record), the Police, the club and local police were adamant in their objections to recent bouts of fan demonstration.

However, it was not a single fan group who organised the protests. More, they were an impulsive act caused by widespread displeasure at the club. When the Green Brigade have officially demonstrated, they’ve used banners and statements.

In terms of Covid-19 restrictions, it’s hard to see how this particular action will be made entirely safe.

That said, it’s certainly possible. If the North Curve/Green Brigade can implement safe distance measures, Celtic fans should be allowed to get out to support the team.

 

The Scottish Cup Final, 2019 / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

 

Celtic on the precipice of history

It seems particularly cruel that supporters won’t be allowed into Hampden on Sunday. Of course, 2020’s chaos has made football seem quite unimportant in a number of ways. We’re not suggesting that we should forget about this deadly virus just to watch the Scottish Cup Final.

Still, no club has done what Celtic can do on Sunday. It’s a huge moment in the history of the club and, bitterly, we’ll have to watch it on the TV.

So you can understand why fans want to meet the team before the game, shouting words of encouragement and singing songs. As we’ve said, it needs to be carried out safely. If it is, it might be some long-needed good PR for Celtic fans.