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  • Celtic delighted to welcome Liverpool fans to Paradise

    Celtic delighted to welcome Liverpool fans to Paradise

    By: Newsroom Staff on 28 Mar, 2018 16:24

  • CELTIC Football Club is delighted to be welcoming members of the Spirit of Shankly supporters' group to Celtic Park on Saturday for our match against Ross County.

    The Group, which represents a number of Liverpool FC fans, will be accompanied by Hillsborough families and survivors in order to gain a more informed understanding of rail seating.

    Celtic became the first football club in Britain to introduce rail seating two years ago, a section which accommodate almost 3,000 supporters.

    A spokesperson for Celtic FC said: “Ever since the terrible tragedy of Hillsborough, Celtic FC and our fans have walked together with the victims and their families, supporting them and their fight for justice.

    “We fully understand that there will be a range of views in relation to rail seating and as the Spirit of Shankly Group says, there will be sensitivities around such a visit. However, we were delighted to accommodate their request to visit the club, where we will be pleased to provide information on our facilities and share our experience of rail seating.”   

    A Spirit of Shankly statement said: "Following our overwhelming vote in favour of rail seating being introduced into football grounds, Spirit of Shankly committed to digesting the result and looking at what the next steps might be. Given the size of the vote, and the debate taking place nationally, it was right that we committed to find out more. This Saturday, as part of that process, we will visit Celtic Park.

    "Thanks to the generosity of Celtic, SOS will attend the match versus Ross County. We will be accompanied by fellow supporters, Hillsborough families and survivors. This trip will be an opportunity for us to see the rail seating section first-hand and to ask questions of those responsible for its safety. As well as hearing about the Celtic experience, some of those attending will also be watching the match from the rail seating section.

    "We fully appreciate the sensitivities around this visit. This will be a difficult experience for some, and one that should not be under-estimated. We invited both Hillsborough groups to attend and we are grateful to those who are able to.

    "We understand that rail seating may not be for everyone. We want to make clear that any such visit is not an endorsement, nor a pre-cursor to calling for it at Anfield. We expect that following the visit, our discussions and viewpoints will be informed further. We anticipate that after this visit, we will update supporters and have further discussions about what, if any, further steps we take.

    If anyone has any questions they would like putting to Celtic, their staff or supporters, or if you have any questions about the visit itself, please email [email protected]

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