In the chilly ambience of Celtic Park, the Scottish Champions put on a dominant performance against Hibernian, securing a decisive 4-1 victory. However, away from the match, it was also a poignant occasion as Celtic paid homage to the late Shane MacGowan.

During half-time, the strains of “Fairytale of New York” filled the stadium, a familiar tune during this season, yet now laden with a deeper sentiment in light of MacGowan’s passing

MacGowan, the iconic lead singer of The Pogues, passed away last week in Dublin at the age of 65. A fervent supporter of Celtic, MacGowan’s bond with the club was touchingly acknowledged by the Celtic Park DJ.

Celtic Park
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The tribute continued post-match”The Celtic Song,” performed by MacGowan, resonating with the fans who were still braving the cold at the end of a bitterly cold night in the East End of Glasgow.

It was a nice touch by Celtic. Shane left an indelible mark on music with his unique blend of punk and Irish influences. His passing at 65, following chronic health issues, brings a close to a life that was as tumultuous as it was creative. MacGowan’s journey from a rebellious youth to a celebrated musician is a testament to his resilience and raw talent. May he rest in peace.


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