In August of this year, we ran two polls. Poll one was a simple question. Should fans sing IRA songs at the game? Poll two a more in depth question. From a list of 10 songs which ones were acceptable to be sung at Celtic games. For poll 2 everyone was allowed to vote for up to ten songs.
You can see the results here. http://wp.me/p1ICse-1A
The main reason behind these polls was to start a debate within the Celtic support over what we feel as a support are appropriate or inappropriate songs. After Strathclyde Polices latest “intervention”, it is more important than ever that we have this debate and make our own decisions.
We should not wait until we are told what is appropriate by the Government, Police or UEFA. We need to be smarter than the average bear and sort this out ourselves and soon.
We have to look at songs which express the clubs Irish heritage but do not help others (media,Police etc) drag the clubs name through the mud.
The fields of Athenry, Let the people sing, This land is your land, Celtic Symphony (without ooh ah up the ra), A Soldiers Song and The Lonesome Boatman are perfectly decent songs that do not contain any sectarian, racist or offensive lines. These songs are songs worth defending and keeping if the majority agree.
My personal opinion is that we have more than enough Celtic songs to sing but I can live with the above songs if that is the compromise WE reach between ourselves.
Celtic FC are a club open to all but it should be remembered that we are also a Scottish club with a proud Irish heritage therefore it is important that we allowed to celebrate our history free from oppression.
I hope this blog provokes a discussion and that every Celtic fan who wants to leaves a comment leaves one or debate it on their own forums.
We will not censor any replies as long as there is no personal abuse towards fellow supporters.
We are running out of time to sort this out ourselves so please get involved. We should be dictating the course of this debate and not allowing outsiders to impose their tainted solutions.