“I appreciate Ange taking the time,” Gerard McColgan on Postecoglou’s Programme Gesture

Celtic today provided details of another feature on match-day has returned to Paradise, with the help from Ange Postecoglou. Celtic are welcoming around 70 fans each match to the visually impaired section at Celtic Park and the match-day experience is being enhanced by an audio recording of the manager’s programme notes for all fans in this area to enjoy.

Ange has kindly been providing this feature, something which welcomes our visually-impaired fans to Celtic Park and introduces the day’s action. The audio kicks off the day’s action and it has proven to be a massive success with group.

Ange Postecoglou waves to the fans as he arrives at the stadium. Photo: Steve Welsh

The intention by the Club was to add another dimension to the matchday experience for our visually-impaired supporters and it is an initiative which has been warmly welcomed as our fans are now able to hear the manager’s voice as the match is brought to life.

Gerard McColgan is a member of the Visually Impaired Fans’ Section and his son, Kevin McColgan, along with Katie Shannon provide commentary on matches. Gerard is delighted to be back at Celtic Park and said “As I am partially sighted, I find the benefit of hearing the manager’s notes to be a great insight into the game and the team. I appreciate Ange taking the time to make the members of the VI Section feel a valued part of the Celtic Family.”

Coach of Celtic Ange Postecoglou. Photo Radek Petrasek CTK Photo

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou said: “I am really pleased to support this great initiative and if my involvement can in any way assist and add to the experience of our visually impaired fans then I am delighted.

“As with so many other managers, my programme notes can be a really good way to communicate with our fans and give my thoughts and ideas on the game we are about to face. I am really glad that this service continues to be so popular.

“We are fortunate to have the best fans around who give us so much, week in week out and our supporters in the visually impaired section epitomise this.”

“We know these supporters face a range of challenges, but they do so with such spirit and a real desire to rise above these challenges, to be at Celtic Park and be part of the Club. As with all our fans I thank the guys in this group for their tremendous support and hope what we do can help their enjoyment of the game,” Postecoglou stated.

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