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.

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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.

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We’ll start with some of the fans who applauded the GB’s words.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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