Why Celtic weren't allowed a tifo display at Hampden; club guidance also issued on flag plans

By John McGinley

April 16, 2022

A request was made for Celtic supporters to set up a tifo display for tomorrow’s derby against Rangers, but it was denied on timing grounds.

Celtic’s supporter liaison officer offered the update on social media this afternoon after a fan enquired why it was not possible.

He said: “It was requested but both sides advised that not enough time due to clear up from today’s match.”

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Notably, there were large pre-match displays for today’s semi-final against Hearts and Hibernian, so clearly the Edinburgh sides got the rub of the green on that front.

Meanwhile, the club SLO has also provided confirmation there is no change to the policy surrounding flags being allowed into the stadium.

He stated on Twitter: “Just for clarification, there is no change to the standard policy for flags and banners at Hampden this weekend. CSC banners are fine, flags on sticks are fine as long as the stick is no longer than 1 metre.”

It comes after fan groups called for individual supporters to bring the Irish flag to the national stadium.

There promises to be a fine show of pride in the club’s heritage and the creation of incredible colour for the team coming out of the tunnel.

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Celtic supporters are heading to Hampden in a buoyant mood. They will no doubt help create a special wall of noise that cheers on Ange Postecoglou and the Bhoys.

We’ve seen the players respond to that with big performances already this season, most notably in the 3-0 victory over Rangers in February.

If we see a repeat of that performance at Hampden, there’ll be a party atmosphere that every Celtic supporter enjoys.

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