Why pre-match at Celtic Park will be different today

By Euan Davidson

March 19, 2022

We know the routine for the moments before kick-off when Celtic Park is rocking and the Bhoys are getting ready to do battle.

“Make some noise for the Bhoys”. Glen Daly’s ‘The Celtic Song’. Both teams shaking hands, the Huddle and then, the game starts. Except, today’s going to be a bit different at Celtic Park.

That’s because there’ll be a particular guard of honour for the Celtic and Ross County players this afternoon at Paradise.

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The Bhoys are supporting the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) Week of Action. As such, for today’s game, the normal pre-match will also see Accessible Season Ticket holders welcoming the players on to the pitch for today’s Scottish Premiership clash.

In recent years, Celtic have taken great strides in accessibility and inclusion. For example, season ticket holders with vision issues can listen to exclusive commentary broadcast from within Celtic Park. Other facilities have been improved, too, with the Club Open to All message being strongly stressed.

A statement from the club said [Celtic FC]: “Disabled people have the right to enjoy football, sports and all forms of entertainment in the same way as everyone else. This applies to football at all levels.

“Celtic has previously been honoured by CAFE for its work in promoting access for all, where the Club and the Celtic Disabled Supporters’ Association (CDSA) were presented with a special Collaboration Award – to mark an ongoing commitment to the delivery of facilities and initiatives promoting access and inclusion.  

“As a club for everyone, Celtic has worked closely with CAFE in recent years and shares this important vision of access for all.”

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Celtic Park celebrating inclusion and accessibility

Accessibility, making Celtic Park available to everyone, is so important.

The club have, to their credit, taken strides in this over recent years. This season, a unique lanyard – for fans with ‘hidden’ disabilities, has helped both fans and staff. Celtic, through the Foundation, have also supported Mental Health Awareness [Celtic FC].

Anyone who wants to experience Celtic putting on a show should be able to, and that’s clearly become a focus of the club.

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Captain Callum McGregor summed it up, saying [Celtic FC]: “Celtic has always been here for everyone.

“From personal experience, I know that Celtic Park offers one of the best sporting experiences possible and we want everyone to be able to share in this and be part of our Club.

“I know the Club has carried out great work recently in this area and that we are totally committed to making sure that we have a club accessible to everyone.”

So when the Bhoys come out onto the Celtic Park turf to battle Ross County at 3pm today, make some extra noise. Supporting each and every supporter has to be a prerogative, at a club that really is for everyone.

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