What can be done about Green Brigade?


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A smoke bomb landed in Fraser Forster's goal area at Fir Park
A smoke bomb landed in Fraser Forster's goal area at Fir Park



The decision to give the Green Brigade 'house room' at Celtic Park has backfired big style.

The longer Celtic continue to treat them with kid gloves - perhaps fitting, given the apparent average age of those involved - the more they will believe they are actually untouchable.

The scenes at Fir Park on Friday, where a flare and 22 smoke bombs, plus fireworks, were discharged and several rows of seats ripped out, must be the final straw.

The explanation from the Green Brigade that it was not members of their group, but people who had attached themselves to it was as predictable as it was feeble.

The fall-out from their political grandstanding has already brought the club into conflict with Uefa and the SPFL.

Threats have clearly failed to hit the target.

It is time for prosecutions and closing the doors to people who have no place in Celtic Football Club.



THERE will be plenty of the mainstream Celtic support which will mourn the loss of the Green Brigade.

Many a flat Saturday at Parkhead has been injected with noise and atmosphere by the energy coming from section 111. Some of their banners - when they keep it to the football - were inspired.

It will be down to the club to dream up other ways to generate songs and colour because the Green Brigade has no place at Celtic games after Friday night. The club cannot indulge and accommodate a group of supporters it no longer trusts.

Fines from Uefa, inevitable arrests for throwing smoke bombs and letting off a flare, Celtic fans' reputation being shredded by those who viciously smashed up Fir Park: the club, with no little regret, must close down section 111 and heavily control the distribution of tickets for home and away games so these people cannot congregate under the Green Brigade banner again.


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