The Celtic support seem pretty split on the key issue of the partial stadium closure for this Thursday’s Europa League clash against Rennes, after the Green Brigade released on statement on the club’s sanction.
The bottom 13 rows of the standing section will be closed for this Thursday’s match – locking the vast majority of the club’s ultras out of the stadium.
The North Curve’s Twitter account posted the lengthy statement on Tuesday evening. As expected, it generated a huge amount of traffic on Celtic Twitter with fans queuing up to back and criticise the Green Brigade in what seemed like equal measures.
We’ll start with some of the fans who applauded the GB’s words.
Excellent statement. I would hope that someone will raise this at tomorrow’s AGM. Especially the fact that GB tickets for the Cup Final & Glasgow Derby are being withheld. Absolute disgrace & no justification for this…absolutely none!!!
— Henriklubo (@Henriklubo) November 26, 2019
Agree with this 100%. The bit about the AGM and Resolution 12 especially. Shameful stuff from @CelticFC
— Paul McQueen (@queenmachine67) November 26, 2019
The more pyros the better…football is so boring nowadays..no atmosphere no nothing. Scrap all seater stadiums.
— Lawrence Dunn (@LDhistorymaker) November 26, 2019
People saying uefa will close bits of the stadium for pyro clearly know nothing about football and are just jumping on the band wagon
— #STANDFREE (@Aww_Ma_Knee) November 26, 2019
However, there does seem to be a growing trend among supporters that the Green Brigade’s defence of pyro is futile. The club have already been fined twice by UEFA for use of flares this season (BBC) and many feel that it simply can’t be allowed to continue.
If the board dont take action UEFA will and shut the ground. Too many fines mounting up. Dont bring pyros into the games.
— FreeP (@Big_Shinner) November 26, 2019
Shocking to be banned indefinitely. I don’t agree with the pyro, just stop using it if it’s getting the club into bother but I think celtic choose when to use the gb for their own benefit and throw them under the bus when it doesn’t
— Lisaf67 (@lisaf1967) November 26, 2019
No Pyros, no problems, not very difficult to understand.
— mark carrigan (@merkiebhoy) November 26, 2019
A good point was made in work today, show UEFA CFC are taking action to ensure they don’t have to, we have brought the GB into line and ensures the knockout game at home is a full house with GB in fine flow with no political messages or pyro
— Dennis Doherty (@DennisDoherty01) November 26, 2019
Just stop using fireworks. Simple as that. I thought you guys were good at generating an atmosphere. If you can’t do it without smoke flares, speak to some of the older fans who were able to generate atmospheres without anything other than their voices.
— Scottsman78 🍀 (@Scottsman1978) November 26, 2019
Hopefully the Green Brigade can be allowed back in
So it looks like the debate is going to rage on over the coming days. The issue of pyrotechnic use is always likely to be a divisive one among the support. Many will feel that is just doesn’t add anything to the matchday experience, while others will argue that it brings a whole new element to the spectacle.
That argument looks like it may be pointless though. The club have made their mind up on pyro and the Green Brigade will have to follow their advice.
Hopefully this issue can be resolved in the coming days and the ultras group can be allowed back into Celtic Park. We’re in such an important time of the season that we really can’t afford to have any fractions at the club.