Celtic FC – Open To All ?
Well that’s the way it is but it’s not always the way it is portrayed by the media and some of our own fans.
We all know the origins of the Club so there is no need to go over that. Celtic were formed in 1887 but this is now 2013. We should always celebrate why the club was formed and it’s association with the RC Church and Ireland. However time moves on.
It really annoys me when our club is hijacked by people who want to label us as a Roman Catholic club. We are a Catholic club in the true sense of the meaning. Catholic means Universal. I’m also running out of patience with the section of our support who feel we have to sing songs about the troubles in Ireland to underpin our Irish credentials. Here’s a wee question. When Celtic played Liverpool in Dublin recently, who did the Irish fans turn out and support ? So you can sing as many ‘rebs’ as you want but the Irish people mainly support EPL clubs.
If we are genuinely ‘open to all’ we have to rethink how we project ourselves in the modern world. Celtic are an apolitical football club. That means the club don’t do politics, we do football. Before anyone gets the wrong idea this is not a dig at the Green Brigade, it’s not a dig at our Irish heritage. If we have to sing political songs lets make them about the SNP government and FoCUS.
Are we open to all ? If we are then we should leave the troubles and religion to those on the south side. It’s time to concentrate on Celtic and that means as well as the good stuff we should also be questioning our board in relation to The Act and the cheats from the south side. If we as a support want to be political then it must be relevant to the society we live in, not Ireland’s past.
I’m from Irish stock, I don’t need to sing about Ireland at the game to be comfortable with that.
PS. The atmosphere against Barca was electric and 90% of the singing was Celtic songs. #JustSayin