The Celtic Trust announce new Parkhead protest this week; call to action

By John McGinley

November 29, 2021

The Celtic Trust and other fan groups have announced another night of protest at Celtic Park in opposition to the potential appointment of Bernard Higgins in a senior security and safety role.

Celtic have yet to comment on a reportedly imminent role for Higgins at the club, who was one of the high profile proponents of the controversial and scrapped Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.

Supporters groups have been campaigning against his appointment for weeks, with over 250 fan groups, media outlets and supporters clubs writing an open letter to Celtic CEO Michael Nicholson.

A recent protest banner against ACC Bernard Higgins

The Green Brigade and ultras group Bhoys staged a sit-in protest at Celtic Park yesterday evening after the win over Aberdeen.

Today, supporters have also been campaigning to send individual e-mails directly to Nicholson about the issue.

Now The Celtic Trust have announced further action is to take place at the Hearts match on Thursday night. The group have called on all individuals and Celtic supporters clubs to bring their own banner expressing their disappointment with the Higgins situation.

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Clearly, there is intent to keep this issue front and centre of the support’s mind. The campaigning has been effective in drawing attention to it all and has remained peaceful.

With Celtic not bothering to respond to the high-profile open letter to date, those opposed to Higgins’ appointment have little choice but to promote more peaceful protest at the stadium when they are able.

It will be very interesting to see how many banners are involved for Thursday night’s match.

In other news, Celtic coach Gavin Strachan turns down managerial job in England.