Safe Standing, great, but let’s get it right


Delighted for everyone involved in making Celtic the first club in Britain to be given permission to install Safe Standing facilities.  There’s time for a seat but going to the football in Scotland was largely a standing undertaking for a century, for good reason.

Standing enables the creation of football’s now too scarce atmosphere, it allows people to shuffle in the cold and sing with projection.  It’s also safer across more scenarios than sitting.

I have one (significant) problem with the plans……..

Celtic intend to install Safe Standing at the corner of the lower North and Lisbon Lions stands, including the Green Brigade’s area.  The Green Brigade pitched up at this part of the ground one League Cup game several years ago, the area was no more or less appropriate for as a singing section than any other part of the ground.

The North Stand upper is the proper place for a Safe Standing section, front and centre of the stadium.  It’s where the Jungle was, and if we’re going to come anywhere close to recreating the unique atmosphere of the Jungle in a modern stadium, we must select the appropriate area.

The Safe Standing section will have unique properties.  The ability to stand all game, bounce around and generally be more active, will ensure it sells out, but it’s unlikely to attract the infirm, and it will never be part of the family section.  It’s also not going to attract corporate business.

The decision where to locate this section is unlikely to be reversed until there is a major stadium renovation, and that’s likely to be decades away.  A couple of decades out, there will be more demand for family and infirm sections, more demand for corporate and lounge facilities.

Football spent years failing to notice how people grew fond of comfort, shelter, safe and clean facilities.  The trend is not over.  Thousands will want to stand, but perhaps more will want access to lounges, video games for the kids and shops selling all sorts.

Celtic Park is magnificent building of its time but it’s not a 21st century stadium.  The Celtic Way is genuinely stunning, but if we want to cater for fans in the decades to come we’ll need proper cafes, fan zones, bars, better toilets and a museum.  We’ll need to make use of all that land we’ve acquired, but which largely lies undeveloped.

Real estate in the lower stands will be more of a premium in the future, we should plan for it now, make the Safe Standing section the New Jungle.

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  1. Cowiebhoy. Thanks for the reply but until big Mike has departed the scene I will remain worried

  2. Cowiebhoy



    It will be interesting to see what happens with Denayer, I beleive he will be loaned back out again, I’m basing this on the fact that Pellegrini in all the media is been given a ‘Warchest’ to conquer Europe. This means that they’ll spunk 60 million on someone like Thiago Silva, I really cant see him getting a look in.



    Hopefully he re loaned to us or maybe even say on your way!, but likely they’ll loan him to a prem team to get him up to their required standard for the season after maybe?



    this will then pave the way for VVD to go on his way, however I don’t see why we need to rush, champs league is worth more than any one transfer fee for him.





    I think,under what’s left of FFP,Jason qualifies as a ‘home-grown player’ shortly. Even if only for that reason alone,I think they’ll keep him.






    He doesn’t qualify till the season after next,so still a chance for us!




    These clubs never see sense, they may well do that as its cheaper, but they’ll buy raheem sterling to sit on the bench and rot, a bit like rodwell and sinclair.

  5. boabyevans



    He paid millions to buy Newcastle, and has ensured they live within their own means since, not having put any money into the club, I believe


    Newcastle will get a minimum £97m from TV rights this season for playing in EPL, he has all finance streams for Newcastle tied up for his businesses


    Note – outwith purchase, no money of his has been spent



    Now, why would he want to change a business model which works very well for him, by investing millions in Sevco ? Where there is no payback or returns ?


    He has already invested to get tie up their revenue streams, they are not yet living within their own means, and God forbid they ever got in European football, there would still be no return in investment for him


    He is a business man, not stupid by any means



    That’s my view anyway



    Hail Hail

  6. Robert88



    On Jason, that may be why we have not yet signed another CH, rumour has it he was very happy at Celtic, and enjoyed working with our coaching team




    He has made the international team through playing for us, so may be still a chance he returns ?


    Bonus he could get Champions League games


    Celtic do seem to have a very good relationship with Man City



    Hail Hail

  7. Cowiebhoy



    Big mike I don’t believe does ‘Warchests’ and not a fan of lamb either so im told.



    Sevco living within their means, means being mediocre, forever.

  8. Cowiebhoy



    its to do with Deila, as he was training there to be a coach, so he knows the players and or the setup so has contacts.





    I agree with all that you say about Ashley’s M.O. to date. However,like many others,I wish he was not involved with them.



    He may be bleeding them dry via the retail operation,but someone would be were it not him. Whether someone other than him would have coughed up to keep them afloat last season is a different question.



    My ideal scenario is for Mike Ashley to toddle off into the sunset,having ripped what remaining shreds of dignity they have left,with a parting salvo along the lines of



    You had one chance,with me on board. You blew it. Enjoy oblivion.

  10. Bobbio



    My script would have ‘UTLR’ as his parting line…..



    The End



    HH jamesgang





    I always liked your style,bud!



    Btw,sneaky new article a while back…

  12. Good post from mighty Tim



    Well done to all involved in fighting the bill.



    Stories sound awful..shows how people’s lives can be turned upside down by flimsy or sometimes no evidence at all from those in power.



    Good luck in the ongoing fight

  13. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on




    “My ideal scenario is for Mike Ashley to toddle off into the sunset,having ripped what remaining shreds of dignity they have left”






    You are being far too kind to them my winklepickered friend. They have no dignity left. In fact they never had any to begin with.





    Throwing them a bone,mate.



    You off on yer holibobs again?

  15. ACGR you got your packing done yet :-)



    Enjoy Bhud



    PS, done that Hermans the other night, not a patch on Gordon’s so will not be taking You and Mrs there :-((

  16. Bobby your right a new article up Bhoys



    Paul must have fallen of that top tier :-)

  17. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Wee Nik Nak free for managerial talks at Sevco with the departure of ole Scaramanga.

  18. jerry cornelius



    12:50 on 11 June, 2015




    12:47 on


    11 June, 2015





    Japan 4 Iran 0. Well taken goal by Tanaguchi. Hope someone remembers to feed him



    Sorry, I misspelled his name. It was Taniguchi. Easy mistake for you to make.

  19. leftclicktic on

    Sevco to pay £20 k court costs for this morning.


    Judge said she was flabbergasted at amont of costs before awarding them,


    Sports Direct had allegedly 5 briefs representing them this morning


    Thems had 1


    dont pick on big guys:))))


    A wee word of warning Sports direcyts lawyers produced evidence including posts from BLOGGERS in their quest to prove where the leak came from.

  20. Another sunny day here in the Nevada desert, and tims still coming in by the score, I have ran into a few CQN guys, real nice people and enjoyed the banter.


    It’s “The Green Night” tonight, wonder if Charles will turn up? :))


    Hai Hail.