Celtic’s decision to donate £10,000 to Poppy Scotland, which supports ex-servicemen of the British Armed Forces, has been met with anger by sections of the Glasgow club’s support.
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said of the Celtic Charity Fund donation: “As we approach Remembrance Sunday next month, we remember the victims on all sides of all conflicts.
Many people from all walks of life have entered the Services, and indeed, we all remember the contribution which so many Celtic players made during both World Wars.”
Members of the Celtic ultras group, the Green Brigade have expressed their anger at the donation on online forums and have previously protested the wearing of the poppy on the Celtic shirt.
In 2010 when Celtic wore the remembrance flower in a game against Aberdeen, the group unfurled a banner with the message: “Your deeds would shame all the devils in hell. Ireland Iraq Afghanistan. No bloodstained poppy on our hoops”.
Celtic responded to the protest by issuing an apology to those offended by the banner, saying they would investigate the incident and ban those responsible though it is unclear how many, if any were banned.
Last year’s game at Remembrance Sunday passed without any protest in the ground although several fans boycotted the game due to the wearing of the poppy.