Green Brigade send reminder to fans ahead of special Celtic display

By Euan Davidson

November 20, 2021

The Green Brigade have reminded Celtic supporters of their important role at Hampden today.

Special tributes are being prepared to pay tribute to Bertie Auld, the Lisbon Lion and Celtic icon who passed away this week, aged 83.

Auld, who was as enthusiastic a Celtic supporter as they come, will be honoured with a huge TIFO display at Hampden Park, ahead of the Bhoys’ battle with St Johnstone.

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Incidentally, Auld was key in a significant Celtic v St Johnstone League Cup clash.

In the 1969 final, Gallus Bertie Auld scored the winner for Jock Stein’s imperious Celtic side [Celtic Wiki].

It’s an occasion, then, that’s not lost on any Celtic supporter. And in the first Hoops game since Auld’s tragic passing, it’s imperative for the club icon to be celebrated appropriately.

As such, the Green Brigade have big plans for today. But they need everyone involved.

Via the North Curve Celtic account:

As covered, there’ll be a huge TIFO display ahead of the game, organised by the Green Brigade to celebrate one of the eternal Celtic greats.

Then on the 67th minute, the now-traditional routine to celebrate the Lisbon Lions should be as loud as it’s ever been.

For it to go to plan, though, Celtic fans need to at Hampden early. That’s true anyway; with Covid Passport checks in place, fans are being encouraged to get to Hampden well ahead of time.

Thankfully, COP26 traffic is now a thing of the past. But there’ll still likely be heavy traffic heading to Mount Florida for the 5.15 kick-off.

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Green Brigade, all Celtic supporters, will be part of hugely emotional day

Tonight was always going to have massive importance. Celtic are chasing their first silverware under Ange Postecoglou. Winning a semi-final, obviously, goes a long way to achieve that goal.

Both teams have excellent recent history at Hampden. For Postecoglou in particular, his first trip to the national stadium will have him excited. Potentially a bit nervous too, not that he’d let on.

But with the passing of a Celtic legend like Bertie Auld, the football almost feels secondary. Today will primarily be about a man who embodied what it was to be Celtic.

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It’s going to be a hugely emotional day. It’s incumbent on us, as supporters, to make as much noise as possible for Bertie Auld. So many in the crowd at Hampden, and watching from further afield, will have their own Bertie stories.

Such was his popularity, how accessible he was, and what he means to us still.

It’ll be quite the occasion. And for it to be at its best, it needs every one of us taking part.

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