Celtic released a short statement on the official club website today, notifying supporters that newspaper The Herald had apologised for a ‘serious misrepresentation’ of action the club had taken.

The apology in full read, as quoted by CelticFC.net: “On our front page promotion for a column on Saturday, we stated ‘Celtic cutting non-playing staff’s money shows how far football has lost its soul’.

“We are happy to clarify that Celtic have not cut any non-playing staff’s money. All staff on the Government’s job retention scheme are having their salaries paid in full by Celtic.  We apologise to Celtic for our error.”

A column in the paper on Saturday written by Kevin McKenna severely criticised the club for taking part in the government job retention scheme that sees authorities pay 80% of a furloughed employees wage.

Clearly, for Celtic, the headline on the front page had gone a step beyond with the suggestion that non-playing staff at the club could be out of pocket during the ongoing public health crisis.

It had already been made clear by a spokesperson that the club would be making up the remaining 20% of employees’ salaries if they had to be furloughed.

Misrepresenting the club’s approach to all this is clearly unacceptable, so it’s quite right there should be an apology.

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General view of Celtic Park

General view of Celtic Park / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Fans we left frustrated with The Herald’s reporting, feeling the club should take other outlets to task when reporting falls short and unnecessarily paints Celtic in a bad light.

These supporters have taken to Twitter today to share their thoughts on it all…


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