Celtic urge fans not to attend planned protest at Parkhead ahead of Kilmarnock match

Celtic have urged fans not to participate in a planned protest at Parkhead prior to the Scottish Premiership match against Kilmarnock on Sunday.

A police presence at Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League group stage match against Lille (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)

Fans group The Celtic Trust announced on Wednesday that a 'Covid-compliant' protest would take place at the stadium ahead of the match, claiming they had been working with the club and police to arrange the demonstration.

However, Celtic have asked supporters not to attend.

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A club statement read: “The club fully understands the concern and frustration amongst supporters following recent results and performances, but clearly, we do not believe staging an event of this kind is in the best interests of supporters, the team or the club in general, particularly just prior to the match.

“For important clarification, in the present circumstances and given the health risk of gatherings of any kind, the club has not agreed to any gathering taking place. Celtic Football Club is not involved in the organisation of the proposed gathering.

“The club is also duty-bound to point out that it has received legal and safety advice indicating that, if strict social distancing and applicable Scottish Guidance are not implemented, any such gathering would breach current legislation – something the club would wish all supporters to be aware of.”

“As is always the case, the club is, of course, happy to engage with supporters and supporter groups to understand and discuss concerns, and the club encourages supporters to raise their concerns with the club directly. Indeed, following a recent request, we look forward to meeting The Celtic Trust next week.”

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