Celtic release statement in response to Green Brigade

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Celtic and the Green Brigade have had their fair share of disagreements in recent times. Most will remember how the fan group were banned from attending games, both home and away, for a period of time earlier in the campaign. And now, it looks like there is further controversy regarding one of the club's recent decisions, this time regarding the upcoming Women's matches.

The club had decided that fans would be unable to be situated in the Jock Stein Stand for the upcoming SWPL matches against Hibernian and Hearts next month. The Green Brigade were not happy with this decision.

Last year, the Green Brigade took over the area behind the goal for women’s fixtures last year in an initiative branded "The Celtic End". It earned a lot of praise from around the footballing world.

Celtic Women's team are currently just a point behind the Rangers in the league table. And the Green Brigade had been hoping to provide a similar level of support this season as well.

Celtic release statement in response to Green Brigade

As reported by The Scotsman, the Green Brigade had released a statement that read:

"Despite our best intentions and efforts, the club has refused to facilitate The Celtic End for the upcoming Celtic FC Women matches at Celtic Park. This is in stark contrast to similar matches last May where fan reps worked constructively with the club to promote the matches and draw record crowds."

They were also very critical of Michael Nicholson and Chris McKay. Now, the club have responded, as a spokesperson said:

"The group were made aware that the Jock Stein would not be made available due to certain safety concerns relating to this specific area, but arrangements have been made by the club to allow the group to attend within the rail seating section.

"This has been communicated to the group and the club hopes that as many supporters and supporter groups as possible come along to support Celtic FC Women at the upcoming Celtic Park matches, as well as all other matches."

With the women's game growing by leaps and bounds over the past few years, this is the time to do everything possible to further facilitate this growth and make sure that as many fans as possible attend the games to cheer on the Ghirls. Hopefully, Celtic will make sure of that happening.

The team has done a great job to find their way back into the title race in recent weeks. They are just a point behind the Rangers. But at the same time, Glasgow City are very much in the running as well, sitting on the same number of points as Celtic and with a ton of momentum on their side.