Earlier today, Celtic Football Club announced that a minute’s silence will be held prior to this Sunday’s upcoming match with St Johnstone at Celtic Park.
It is well known that some of our fans do not support the Royal British Legion’s annual poppy appeal or the idea of Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom. In a similar vein, some of our supporters do, whilst some of our supporters feel indifference with regards to the issue. This is of course, an individual choice, and neither I nor anyone else should try to tell anyone any different.
As I have said before, people are more than entitled to wear a red poppy should they wish to, wear a white poppy if they prefer, or wear no poppy at all.
However, with regards to Remembrance Day, I’m sure the vast majority of the Celtic support would agree when I say that everyone should be willing to show a reasonable level of respect, regardless of their political viewpoint.
It is well documented that several Celtic players (and ex-Celtic players) have lost their lives in conflict. Undoubtedly, countless fans will have met a similar fate. People from all corners of the world have died in war, and this is no different in Scotland.
I understand that politics can be incredibly divisive, but as we all support a club where anyone, of any faith, colour, creed or political viewpoint is welcome, there are bound to be disagreements. However, regardless of our views, when we pull on a Celtic shirt, or walk through the turnstiles at Celtic Park, we all represent the Football Club we love dearly through our actions.
Regardless of what we do during our lives, two things are certain. We were all born, and we will all die. Most, if not all, of you reading this will have lost someone close to you at some point in your life. In this sense we must all have a respect for the sanctity of life itself.
For this reason, I’d hope that every Celtic supporter attending Sunday’s match will help to maintain the Club and the support’s good reputation, and respect the minute’s silence impeccably. To do otherwise would damage this reputation significantly, and no one wants that to happen, especially as we ride the inevitable high after the mid-week triumph over Barcelona.