CELTIC have gone over Glasgow City Council heads after the club were rejected permission to erect a large rotating screen outside Celtic Park to predominantly enhance matchdays.

We told you back in March that GCC had thrown out plans for the Celtic Park screen on the basis it would distract drivers coming along London Road. We pointed out at the time that the large digital billboard on London Road absolutely destroys their argument.

With Celtic eager to press ahead with the plans despite GCCs objections they have now gone straight to the Scottish Government in order to secure permission with an appeal lodged by the architectural firm hired by Celtic.

The appeal reads:

“Celtic Park is the largest football stadium in Scotland and is a significant structure in the landscape.

“The signage lies centrally within the stadium precinct and is not within a residential area, nor will it overlook any residential properties.

“Together with the adjacent Emirates Arena, the immediate environment of the stadium precinct is one of the liveliest and busiest sporting entertainment venues in the city.”

“On match days this is a lively, colourful and busy space, characteristic of any major football stadium.

“At under 29ft high from ground level, the top of the mast supporting the proposed LED sign is similar in height to the existing lighting standards and banner supports lining the Celtic Way and so will be neither an obtrusive or dominant feature within the stadium precinct, as has been clearly illustrated within the visual mock-up presentations contained within the supplementary information submitted with the original application.”

Appeal cited by RecordSport.

Celtic have transformed the outside area of Celtic Park over the past ten years. It’s almost unrecognisable to how it looked when the new stadium was first built.

The old school was torn down outside the ground and the ticket office building with it. The paving all the way up to the front entrance referred to as the Celtic Way really sets the stadium apart. With plans for a hotel, museum within the next ten years they haven’t even scratched the surface.