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Celtic reinstate Green Brigade section following talks

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Celtic have decided against suspending their decision on relocating members of the Green Brigade in section 111, they were offered refunds or to relocate their seats following the groups failure to adhere to safety regulations and warnings by the club.

Following discussions between the club and the group, the club have now decided to stop the closure of the section.

In a statement published on the official club website, Celtic said that the club had ‘received assurances relating to previously raised safety concerns and unsafe behaviour within the stadium’.

They added: “This matter will be monitored on an ongoing, match -by-match, basis by both the Club and the Safety Advisory Group.”

The full statement read: “Following extensive and positive discussions with supporters’ representatives for the Section, the Club has received assurances relating to previously raised safety concerns and unsafe behaviour within the stadium.

“Celtic has engaged with the Glasgow City Council Safety Advisory Group regarding this matter and they have noted these assurances. This matter will be monitored on an ongoing, match -by-match, basis by both the Club and the Safety Advisory Group.

“Celtic Football Club would like to re-iterate its commitment and responsibility to ensuring the safety of everyone who visits Celtic Park. It is our absolute priority.

“The Club is pleased to have engaged in positive dialogue in relation to this matter. We thank the Safety Advisory Group and supporters’ representatives for their continued co-operation and we look forward to working together to ensure a safe environment in the stadium.”

The Green Brigade issued a statement on their website, announcing their delight with the decision by the club. They said: “The Green Brigade are pleased to announce that a positive outcome relating to Section 111 has been reached after constructive discussions with the Club. All relocations away from our block within Section 111 have now been reversed with all of those affected being returned to their original seat.

“As always we must thank the Celtic support who once again rallied around our Group and section when it was needed. We would like to especially thank all fans within our block for their patience and resilience over the past few weeks as we tried to reach a positive conclusion. We are now satisfied that this has been achieved and look forward to returning to Celtic Park on Saturday to resume normal practice. Furthermore we look forward to working together with the Club on a project to introduce a Safe Standing section to Celtic Park.”

Only time will tell if the Green Brigade will take this final chance and run with it or if they will throw it back in the face of the club and force their hand once again.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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