Some Celtic fans are delighted at the latest update from the club about the Green Brigade stand opening up for the Premiership game against Hamilton and the upcoming League Cup final against Rangers.
The club had the Green Brigade banned for the UEFA Europa League group stage game against Rennes, which the club won 3-1 to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition by finishing top of the group for the first time in history.
There was controversy about the opening of the stand. But the club’s latest update sees the stand open up for fans and the ban has now been lifted.
Are you happy to see the Green Brigade stand back open at Celtic?
Some Hoops fans have now reacted positively to the news but are desperate to see the fans in the stand not use pyros or flares.
Green Brigade Update
We can confirm that the full standing section will be open for tonight’s game and tickets for those within the section who were successful in the ballot have been guaranteed for Sunday’s Cup Final.
We look forward to getting back to supporting the team. pic.twitter.com/6YwifSDIDY
— North Curve Celtic (@NCCeltic) December 4, 2019
Leave the flares at home lads…. its pointless.
— Donegal Bhoy (@POSearcaigh) December 4, 2019
Love the noise, no pyros inside please
— Mike Fairlie (@FairlieMike) December 4, 2019
Great, glad that’s the end of flares.
— alex taylor (@albhoy67_16052) December 4, 2019
I hope this is an end to the who has the biggest ego nonsense between the club and the section of fans.
Important we have full support without infighting.
— John (@saabbhoy) December 4, 2019
Just leave out the flares it’s costing the club money. We need the GB in full voice at not sitting at home!
— bren (@BrenBrendanward) December 4, 2019
Let’s leave the sparklers in the hoose tonight.
— stephen blackburn (@steveperry67) December 4, 2019
The Green Brigade has had a history of bans and fines this season, especially in the Bhoys’ Europa League games so far.
Initially, there were suggestions that the stand will face a ban for the Rangers Cup final game too. This was reported when the ban was initially imposed in the Europa League game when the club had stated the usage of polytechnics and offensive chants in the Lazio game as the reason for the ban.
The club was in trouble in the Europa League play-off game against AIK back in March. UEFA had imposed a fine of £11,000 as the fans had been setting off flares. A similar ban of £10,400 was imposed for the same problem in the club’s Europa League game against Cluj in the group stages of the competition.
What do we think?
It isn’t about bans for the club. It is about the financial burdens that the fines from UEFA impose on the club. That is why the pyros and offensive chants need to stop as soon as possible. It doesn’t portray the club in good light, bar the finances. The Rangers game will be key in this aspect and fans have to stay away from the chanting and pyro.