Humza Yousaf offers praise for Celtic fans after vaccine passport roll-out

By Euan Davidson

October 20, 2021

Celtic fans have been praised for their response to roll out of vaccine passports outside Parkhead by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza Yousaf.

With over 50,000 fans in attendance for yesterday’s game against Ferencvaros, it was always going to be a significant undertaking. However, Celtic did well to implement infrastructure so that supporters’ vaccine passports could be checked quickly.

It certainly didn’t impede supporters from getting into the game in their droves, despite the unusual kick-off time.

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The plans have been met with some controversy. Many supporters online have expressed their dismay at having to show vaccine details to staff before entering Celtic Park. Others, however, believe it’s a positive step to prevent supporters from potentially catching Covid-19 at matches.

Speaking at the opening of the NHS Scotland Academy, Yousaf said [via Daily Record]:

“I have had feedback from the Celtic game and it’s been very positive.

“There were no issues at all with the checks and no issues in terms of the crowd who were very compliant when asked to show their status records.

“So far, so good.

“Another challenge will be the weekend up ahead.”

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For most fans, it’s about getting into the game. If having to show evidence of having had vaccinations is part of that process, then so be it.

In restaurants, bars, clubs and other venues worldwide, it’s become a pretty regular part of life. Until Covid-19 rates are negligible, it may be the price to pay for getting out and about, attending events and trying to live as normally as possible.

It certainly didn’t hamper the atmosphere yesterday, as a rocking Celtic Park helped the Bhoys to a huge win over Ferencvaros. The Hoops even had more in the stadium than Barcelona had against Valencia at the weekend. Sensational, when you think about it.

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There’ll be more tests for the scheme, of course. However, if yesterday was something of an acid test, it didn’t overwhelmingly bother Celtic supporters as far as we can tell. Equally, the infrastructure is obviously there for large stadia to use such measures.

With St Johnstone up ahead on Saturday, it’ll be another test for Celtic staff to get this right. Eventually, though, it seems as if it’ll be something supporters get used to.

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