"Wow that's rare"; Celtic supporters get behind the club board in a big way tonight

By John McGinley

December 21, 2021

Celtic supporters have given vociferous backing to a statement from the club board this evening, confirming their stance on a potential SPFL rescheduling of the winter break.

As we discussed earlier, the Scottish Government have put in place a restriction of just 500-capacity crowds for three weeks from December 26th.

That effectively means a match behind closed doors against Rangers on January 2nd, in stark contrast to the sold-out Ibrox earlier in the season when the two teams met.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

The club want the league body to move the winter break forward.

A statement tonight said: “Everyone at Celtic recognises the difficulties presented to society by the current pandemic and the health and safety of all must always be our priority.

“In light of today’s announcement regarding supporters attending matches, Celtic can confirm that it has today requested that the SPFL bring forward the scheduled winter break and reschedule the fixtures affected by the regulations announced.

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“The game owes it to supporters to explore all opportunities to maximise the prospect of all supporters being able to attend matches and support the game they love.”

This is a common-sense approach and one which I hope the SPFL takes.

It’s notable that two other clubs, Motherwell and Hibernian, have also called for the league to bring forward the pause in action. This isn’t just a Celtic issue.

Nonetheless, fans have given their full backing to the club for this statement, taking to social media tonight to give an impression of the strength of feeling…

In other news, Report: SPFL reject St Mirren request to postpone Celtic game.