By Gavin Harper
All 12 SPL clubs will wear embroidered poppies on their shirts this weekend as football clubs across
the country are preparing to mark Remembrance Day, as the row over last weekend’s protests at Celtic Park continue.
A group of Celtic fans displayed a large anti-poppy banner during their record-breaking 9-0 win over Aberdeen at Celtic Park last Saturday, and the club have since vowed to track down the fans responsible for the banner and issue lifetime bans.
A spokesman for the club said: “Celtic fans have gained a magnificent reputation for their positive behaviour and backing of the club, but it is extremely disappointing to see the actions of a small minority tarnish the club’s reputation.
This came on the same weekend that Hearts unveiled a banner commemorating their former players who were killed in action during the First World War, when some 16 then-players formed the MacCrae’s battalion, and by the conclusion of war, seven had lost their lives.
Also at Anfield, former Liverpool manager Bill Shankley was depicted on a large banner alongside the poppy, so this move by the Green Brigade section of Celtic supporters is likely to anger fans nationwide.
The Green Brigade released a statement regarding their actions, saying: “Our group and many within the Celtic support do not regard the British Armed forces as heroes, nor their role in many conflicts are worthy of remembrance.”
The banner read: “Your deeds would shame all the devils in hell: Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan. No bloodstained poppy on our hoops”
It is also expected that Celtic will face disciplinary action from the SPL, with a large fine looking like being the most likely outcome, but there is the option of a points deduction, which would hamper the club’s effort’s to wrestle the SPL championship from city rivals Rangers.