Rename Celtic Park ?

No Way ! The question was asked on Twitter tonight after the news that Newcastle Utd may follow other clubs in selling their grounds name to the highest bidder.
This has come about because clubs in England have got into so much debt that like Arsenal and Man City and even wee tiny teams that they need to sell the name of their grounds to attract investment. As far as I’m concerned Celtic Park should be non negotiable.
In modern football everything seems to be up for negotiation as long as you can bring money in to pay mediocre players with fancy CV’s an in turn bring people and TV companies through the door. We all know that this approach is nonsense. Celtic have brought in so called ‘blue chip’ signings since Ian Wright and Roy Keane and it has never benefited the team or put bums on seats in the long term.
What Celtic need now is the stability that allows us time and space to promote the young players from our under 19 squad to break into the ‘big team’ supplemented with experienced first team players.
The precedent was set by Jock Stein who had the balls to promote young talented players en mass to the first team. Commentators at the time said that the ‘Quality Street” bhoys could not fill the boots of the Lisbon Lions…They were wrong. Sir Alex Ferguson got the same reaction when he introduced his own ‘Quality’ kids consisting of Beckham, Scholes and Giggs to English football in the 90’s.
There is a pattern here. Man Utd are one of the biggest clubs in the world along side Barcelona, however they still play at Old Trafford and Camp Nou respectively. Celtic might not have as many European cups as these two clubs but they do share one thing. Their passion to keep their heritage intact. The main thing of having any grip on your heritage is to make sure that you hold on to your stadium’s name. The day that you sell your stadium’s name is the day your club dies a bit.
Celtic play at Celtic Park. End of story.

Comments

  1. Firmly agree that naming rights should not be sold. Would erode a little bit more of Celtic’s heritage and identity. The only way Celtic Park should ever be renamed is to honour a true Celt, Jock Stein Park? Even then have my doubts…

  2. Firmly agree that naming rights should not be sold. Would erode a little bit more of Celtic’s heritage and identity. The only way Celtic Park should ever be renamed is to honour a true Celt, Jock Stein Park? Even then have my doubts…

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