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CELTIC FANS URGED NOT TO APPLY FOR REFUNDS

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CELTIC fans are being urged NOT to apply for season ticket refunds by an influential supporters’ group.

The nine-in-a-row champions are offering a rebate on Parkhead season tickets on a pro rata basis, but have set a deadline of June 19.

In addition, Hoops followers must mail their application for reimbursement to the club, rather than applying by email as other clubs have done.

The Celtic Trust has confirmed the original application process will remain in place.

A statement said: “The arrangements for obtaining the refund (ie having to print out a form, post it in and receive a cheque in return) have caused a great deal of disquiet among the support and we have been in discussions again with the club to suggest they change this to a more manageable and easy system.

“We suggested that an email be sent to all season ticket holders with a link to an online system of application.  We also offered to post an editable version of the application form so that season ticket holders could download it, fill it and email it back.

“Unfortunately, the club has informed us that they have a system which is ‘working well’ and won’t accept emailed forms.”

The Trust also urged supporters not to take refunds as Neil Lennon prepares his players for the historic tilt at 10 in a row with the new campaign due to kick off on August 1.

The group advised: “We understand that as a well-run, successful organisation, Celtic is in a better position than many clubs in Scotland to weather what will undoubtedly be a difficult economic period.

“However, it is also the case that Celtic’s financial commitments are greater than most clubs and it will not be immune to the economic impact of Covid-19.

“On that basis, we support the club in asking those season ticket holders who can afford it, to forgo the refund of a portion of their 2019/20 season ticket price.

“We are clear, as was the club in our discussions, that supporters are absolutely entitled to take the refund and it is an entirely individual decision for each supporter given the financial impact of the lockdown on many families.”

Boss Lennon and his players are due to start training on Thursday in groups of five throughout the day, although they have been told they will not be allowed in the Lennoxtown training ground building due to Scottish Government guidlines.

All players will undergo coronavirus tests before being allowed to train outdoors.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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