The Celtic store in the centre of Glasgow will be closed this Saturday amid concerns for staff safety, The Celtic Star understands. When theRangers secured their first ever major honour in March thousands of their supporters descended on George Square causing considerable damage to memorial benches and there were numerous ugly scenes of blue on blue violence shown on social media.
And the Celtic shop or Argyle Street was vandalised with significant damage done to the windows and doors. The risk of this being repeated this weekend, with reports that Police Scotland are apparently powerless to prevent thousands of theRangers fans descending on Glasgow City Centre after their team is presented with the Premiership Trophy for the first time in their history, is just too great for Celtic to ask staff to work in those conditions.
And there are apparently numerous other retailers who have reached a similar decision to Celtic FC. These retail outlets have been badly hit by the pandemic and are now having to take the tough decision to close their doors this weekend due to fears of vandalism and violence and there appears to be little faith in Police Scotland’s ability to offer much protection.
Accordingly Celtic’s Argyle Street store will NOT open its doors this Saturday, a contact close to the club confirmed to The Celtic Star this afternoon, stating that Celtic have a duty of care to the shop staff and it would not be fair or reasonable to expect them to work under these conditions, given what happened to the store earlier this year.
The Celtic-superstore at Celtic Park will remain open as normal. Here’s what happened in March after theRangers fans gathered to celebrate their first ever major trophy success…