Celtic explain Twitter policy fans hated

By Euan Davidson

July 8, 2021

One normal day of Celtic Twitter is all we ask. But we never get it.

Today, on an informative live stream from Celtic TV, Gerry McCulloch spoke about the Twitter policy that left a lot of supporters frustrated.

Line-ups in numerical order.

Listen, it’s not the biggest deal in the world, but it’s annoying. Especially when you’re trying to write a team-sheet by position, which is the normal way to do it.

Speaking on Celtic TV’s Pre-Season Live!, McCulloch said:

“Whenever we put out a team line-up, there’s always a reaction to whether we’ve done it in numerical order or formation order.

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“Over the last couple of seasons, we’ve changed, and we’ve started to do it in numerical order. It’s no my decision! This is obviously coming from the footballing department.

“The manager previously has been keen to give it in numerical order. It just means that if they do change the formation at some point, it doesn’t come across, and the opposition manager can see that we’ve changed formation.

“Don’t blame us, it’s not our decision. But we will speak to this manager, because I think it’s worth speaking to him and saying “Listen, how do you want to do this?”

“I know it’s important to you guys, and if it’s important to you, it’s important to us.”

Will we see a different policy under Ange?

Honestly? Off the bat, it’s hard to know what to actually make of this. It seems a bit bizarre and counterproductive.

Surely opposition managers will see the team line up regardless, because they have to submit the exact same team-sheet pre-match. If opposition coaches are learning our starting XI off Twitter, then more fool them.

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Also, it’s not as if we can’t guess the formations from the personnel. If we had 11 right-backs listed numerically then fair enough.

But that isn’t the case here. As for McCulloch, he gets a lot of stick. But if that’s the kind of decision-making coming from the footballing department in recent years, then what’s he meant to do?

We’re praying for something resembling normality, common sense and actually being able to see who’s playing where next season. Just a little normality on Celtic Twitter before a game. We don’t ask for much.

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