CELTIC have made it clear in a statement to supporters they’re not happy with the scheduling of at least two of their games before the end of the year.
Supporters have raised concerns over two particular fixtures in the run up to Christmas – one being the unusual 5:30pm kick off at Hampden for the Bet Fred Cup Semi-Final against Hibernian and the other – a midday kick-off against Ross County in Dingwall.
The fans feel they are being messed about by the governing body – Celtic have made it clear they are just one of the parties in the mix who have came to this decision; The SPFL, Broadcasters and the Police.
It’s bizarre how Celtic and Hibs have been lumped with the late Saturday night kick-off with the reasoning or selection process not transparent enough for supporter’s to get on board.
Similarly – we know TV commitments will be driving the Ross County kick-off time but it’s an absolute disgrace Celtic fans whop travel to the games are expected to do this.
Taking to the club’s website – Celtic wrote:
“The Club also wanted to take this opportunity to assure supporters that we will be doing everything we can to make sure our voice is heard in terms of scheduling matches.
“There have been a number of scheduling issues raised by supporters groups recently including the confirmation of matches such as the Betfred Cup Semi-Final, with a Saturday 5:30pm kick-off and our SPFL match against Ross County in Dingwall having a 12noon kick-off on December 1.
“Clearly, these kick-off times are hugely inconvenient for supporters.
“The issue of match scheduling has always been a complex matter. There are a number of parties involved in the scheduling of matches, including the SPFL, broadcast media partners and Police Scotland, all of whom have their own considerations.
“Celtic engages in regular discussion with the SPFL concerning match scheduling and will always work in the best interests of our supporters.
“We fully understand and appreciate the travel difficulties which can be caused by matches of this nature and we will continue to make the views of the Club known and work to ensure that consideration is given to these important issues.”