“We must challenge racism whenever we see it, we must call it,” Ange Postecoglou

Celtic Show Racism the Red Card…“We must challenge racism whenever we see it, we must call it,” Ange Postecoglou…

Ange Postecoglou gestures during the Europa League group G match between Celtic FC and Ferencvarosi TC at Celtic Park on 19 October, 2021. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic Football Club today supported Scottish football’s anti-racism campaign as it Showed Racism the Red Card. To mark the Show Racism the Red Card Scotland week of Action, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou and first-team players have again made a strong stance against racism, saying enough is enough.

Ange Postecoglou said: “Myself and everyone at the Club again want to make a strong stand against racism in all its forms. Sadly, we continue to see things demonstrating that racism is still very much with us, and that just isn’t good enough.

“Of course, some of these are in football, but let’s get it right, this is a problem for the whole of society which can manifest itself in our game. However, if we in football can help and shine a light on it and call it out then that’s what together, we must do, without question.

“But when we call it out, when we say no to racism, we must mean it and feel it and work for some real change.

“I have been really fortunate to have lived my life in different places and spoken before about my own background as an immigrant,” the Celtic manager said.

“It has been a joy to have lived these experiences and to meet so many different people. I have always loved that kind of variety and being part of that kind of community with people of different colour, nationality or background.

“It’s stating the obvious to say that tackling this issue has not been easy and so many people have fought so hard for so many years in this area, something which must be applauded.

Callum McGregor applauds the Celtic fans after the Europa League group G win over Ferencvarosi TC at Celtic Park on 19 October, 2021. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“But people continue to face racist attitudes in 2021, of that there is no doubt. In no way do I pretend to have all the answers, but for me, I think most people know what right and wrong is – I think a start is being a decent person, it’s about thinking about others and treating all people with the kind of courtesy, respect and humanity which you would expect yourself.

“So we must challenge racism whenever we see it, we must call it out and say very clearly that enough is enough.”

Celtic captain Callum McGregor echoed the Manager’s comments. “It’s been a privilege to be part of the Celtic dressing room for so many years, but even more so to have a strong connection with so many different players from so many different backgrounds.

“In my view, this kind of diversity has been an absolute strength and something which enriches us as a club and as individuals and wider communities.

“Celtic has been a club open to all since 1888 and these values will always be held dearly by us. It is this message we must always promote, that racism in any form has no place in our society,” Celtic Captain Callum McGregor…

“As footballers we have the profile to make this stand and project this strong public message, but racism exists across all areas of society, so in our everyday lives, each and everyone of us can live by the same message and ensure that the values of tolerance, respect and inclusion are part of who we are.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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