Report: Celtic one of 13 Scottish clubs to welcome refugees to matches

By David Walton

April 29, 2019

Celtic are one of 13 clubs in Scotland that have reportedly backed a new anti-racism campaign.

In a report by the Daily Record, it was revealed that Scottish football has seen a hefty rise in racist incidents recently.

Over the last three years, 58% of Scottish football fans witnessed racist incidents occur at the football. This is according to a survey produced by Amnesty International via the Daily Record. As well as that increase, 46% believe that there’s been a rise in xenophobia in Scotland too.

Refugee supporters were in attendance to watch Celtic beat Kilmarnock on Saturday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

86% of the survey believe that it’s down to clubs to eradicate racism from the game. This is something many have indeed taken on. Show Racism the Red Card and Kick it Out have all been prominent in Scottish football over the years.

But over the next three weeks, there are plans to introduce 90 refugees to football matches in Scotland. This will include matches involving Celtic. It’s unclear as to what games this initiative will take place, but it apparently started at the weekend in Celtic’s 1-0 win over Kilmarnock.

Rangers vs Aberdeen and Hibernian vs Hearts also introduced refugee football fans into the match.

Clubs continue to do what they can to help

Celtic are just one of a number of clubs who are doing all they can to punt racism from football permanently. But it’s not solely on football clubs to eradicate it either.

Stadium tours are also part of the project (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Racism isn’t a football problem, it’s a societal one. Clubs have consistently taken a zero-tolerance approach to this issue in the past. Celtic, for example, consistently let supporters know before matches that it doesn’t tolerate abusive language. This involves racist language too.

This is another positive initiative to help try and weed racism out. The refugees will also be going on stadium tours, and that will also happen over the next three weeks. It’s apparently part of the Football Welcomes 2019 project. The project is being led by Amnesty International, with Celtic one of the clubs involved.

It’s another positive step from football in this dark area of the game. Celtic are just one of over 160 clubs across the United Kingdom to play a part. It’s another step in the right direction, as clubs continue to beat away racism with all of their might.