BIG-HEARTED Celtic have raised more than £175,000 to help the vulnerable and homeless communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Celtic FC Foundation charity, backed by the Parkhead club, launched the Football for Good Fund on Friday which generated thousands to aid those in need.

They hope the fund will help provide food during the health crisis, which has so far claimed the lives of 22 people in Scotland.

In Greater Glasgow, 221 people have been confirmed as having the deadly virus.

Among those benefiting from the fund are Glasgow North East Foodbank, Golden Generation, FARE Scotland, Spirit Aid, The Salvation Army, Action for Children, Help the Homeless and The Wayside Club.

And the support is not limited to Glasgow – with the fund also extending to additional locations including Edinburgh, London, Dublin and Belfast.

The club say they are “crucially” working with a partner to try and find a way to feed frontline NHS staff in Glasgow.

TESTING TIMES…Peter Lawwell, the Celtic chief executive.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell, speaking on the club website, said: “As things have progressed over the course of the last few days, showing support for others is now even more crucial than ever.

“As a Club with a proud charitable heritage, there’s a real sense of responsibility to do all we can to help those, particularly on our doorstep, who need it most.

“That’s exactly what Celtic FC Foundation strive to do on a daily basis, but this current challenge is like one we have never faced before.

“Therefore, our sense of community is absolutely crucial in this fight.

“As well as following Government guidance to stay at home whenever possible, we will also reach out to NHS frontline staff and those who are most vulnerable through our fantastic partners as we do everything in our power to carry each other through this crisis.”

Tony Hamilton, Chief Executive of Celtic FC Foundation, added: “The situation for many of our neighbours has worsened in the past few days as this crisis has shifted.

“People are losing income, and with it their ability to feed themselves and their families.

“Our top priority is assisting with that in the communities where we have relationships with existing partner organisations.

“Thanks to everyone who has made this possible for us.

“Even in such uncertain and difficult times, the consistency has been the selflessness of the Celtic support who have stepped up to offer assistance when it’s needed.”

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