As our regular readers will know, I am an outspoken critic of the Celtic Supporter’s Group, the Green Brigade.
But before I start with my main point, I do back their initial objective to bring back the atmosphere and colour to our football stadiums. However since they split from the Jungle Bhoys over differing political ideology, they have overshadowed their objectives with their political views, which have no place in a football stadium, let alone Celtic Park.
Their continued use of IRA songs, chants and phrases within their displays and synchronised renditions of rebel songs, shames the majority of Celtic fans who no longer wish to hear such songs which have no links to football whatsoever. But the club have continued to pander to the group, despite their outspoken views of the PLC, and were handed Section 111 for their singing section. Their ultra-wannabe mentality resorts to a petty protest by hanging their group banner upside down because of the appointment of Dr. John Reid as Club Chairman and his continued presence at the helm of their club.
And yet they still accept the PLC’s gift of a singing section – contradictory or what?
But now back to my main point, the Green Brigade being banned from Ibrox.
It has been reported on several Celtic websites that the GB as a group, and specifically anyone within Section 111 have been refused briefs for the New Year clash at Ibrox against rivals Rangers.
And if this is the case then well done to Celtic Football Club in preventing them from shaming the club and the fans once more. On the 2nd January, those within Ibrox will remember those who died in the Ibrox Disaster in 1971 when 66 died watching the club they loved. And while we hope the majority of Celtic fans would remember those who died with a minute’s silence, we sadly have to point towards the actions of the Green Brigade and the hangers-on who could ultimately shame the decent number of Celtic fans in attendance and who would spit on the memory of those innocents who died that day.
An impeccable silence to remember those who died is a must from ALL within the stadium. While it was Rangers fans who died that day, such a tragedy crosses over the divide and despite the legendary quote, Football is not more important than Life or Death. It is just a Sport.
After this stance, Celtic should now weed out the bigots, the troublemakers and the wannabe Ultras who shame the club week in week out. There is enough talking, but now it is time the club took action.
As for the Green Brigade, I hope they leave their political views at the turnstiles and go back to basics and do what they were established for – to bring back the atmosphere and colour to our games, singing Celtic songs [not rebel]and unfurling banners to inspire the fans and the players, not to promote a Political opinion, and please invest in a spell checker also its embarrassing, especially misspelling your own club’s name, no matter what excuses you put out.