CELTIC have applauded the efforts of their “brilliant support” as the fans rally round the club as their favourites prepare for an assault on Europe and the record-breaking tenth successive title.
It’s shaping up as being a monumental campaign for Neil Lennon’s side on both fronts.
There is another tilt at the Champions League and the effort to gatecrash the money-spinning group stages after two consecutive failures against the Greeks of AEK Athens and the Romanians of Cluj in the most recent campaigns.
Also, there is the possibility of the truly astonishing quadruple treble once the 2019/20 Scottish Cup restarts with the holders due to face Aberdeen in the semi-final in possibly October or November.
And the phenomenal TEN crowns on the trot is also in the club’s sights with history beckoning in a term where the fans are showing they are more than prepared to do their bit for the manager, the players and the club as a whole.
A statement from Scotland’s title kings said: “Everyone at Celtic would like to thank our fans sincerely for the brilliant support you have given the Club ahead of the coming season. Once again, in your many thousands, you have backed the Club and by renewing your season ticket you have supported our pursuit of 10 in-a-row.
“We thank you for supporting the Club for what we hope will be another historic season ahead. We fully understand and respect that we are in uniquely difficult times and this makes a season ticket renewal for many people even more challenging.
“So, thank you so much. In return, we will aim to do what we have done for a number of years – to dominate Scottish football, deliver success after success and give you a club you can be proud of.
“We are pleased that the season is scheduled to begin on 1st August and we look forward to the Champions returning to Celtic Park. While we aim to ensure that our supporters are back as soon as possible, during the period where this is not possible, we are of course investing significantly into the “Online Pass to Paradise” streaming platform, working with top production company Sunset+Vine to deliver enhanced match coverage of the Champions as we go for Ten!
“We have met in recent weeks with our supporters, including the representatives of our supporters groups.
“There is a shared understanding that the Club and supporters are facing unprecedented circumstances and of course we face a developing situation. Against this backdrop, while we are unable to be specific at the moment, or give any commitments, it is important for the Club to clarify that our supporters can rest assured that it is our firm intention to give additional value to our season ticket holders for this and coming seasons. We will monitor this situation as this season progresses.
“We will of course continue to consult with our supporters, including representatives of our supporters groups, in relation to this matter and will communicate further at the appropriate time.”
The statement continued: “Celtic’s focus now is getting ready and preparing well for our once in a generation season. We aim to be as strong as possible and do all we can to deliver the success which your support deserves.
“While the health and well-being of our supporters, players and staff will always be our priority we are doing all we can to get football back and reunite with our fans as soon as possible.
“Celtic has been at the forefront of developing Scottish football’s roadmap to a return. Celtic has, for some time, been engaging with relevant experts in this field – knowledge and guidance which we have shared with the game’s Joint Response Group, other Scottish clubs and the Scottish Government in order to support a safe, effective and quick return to football. The important work we have carried out will be crucial as we move forward. We need to get back to football, safely, as soon as possible, joined by you at Celtic Park. That is our absolute priority.
“It has been a very difficult few months for everyone but with your support we know we can face the challenges ahead with confidence.”