Lots of frustration around today at the possibility the first leg of the Champions League qualifier will be switched to Belfast. It will be no comfort to those who booked travel yesterday but we are in this situation every qualifying game. The draw is made and confirmed a day or two later, which is why clubs (including Celtic) and CQN yesterday ran a “Don’t book travel until…” piece. On most occasions nothing is changed which means fans are caught out when change happens.
No reason why Uefa can’t deal with this on the day of the game, or exclusively on the basis of strict criteria. I hope they deny this request, which is not in Celtic’s favour and clearly not in fan’s best interest.
Two items to draw your attention to today:
Tommy Burns Skin Cancer Trust
Tommy Burns Skin Cancer Trust are undertaking a sponsored cycle of all SPL grounds this September in attempt to get to our £100k fundraising target. This money will be used to help on the battle to fight skin cancer working with organisations such as Beatson Cancer Centre. The event is called Tour for Tommy and will span 5 days, 12 clubs and 380 miles of cycling before returning to Celtic Park on Sunday 15th September. Ex-Celts such as Packie Bonner and Frank McGarvey are joining in as the full event and Bertie Auld will be completing the last day. The event is looking to team up with the fans of each club to join them on a leg from their stadium to the next.
The group have much of the logistics in place and most of the riders, but they need more help. Each of the four main days are being offered for sponsorship with day one already taken up. In return the 30-40 core riders will get their clothing made with that company’s logo as well as any signage on press releases at the stadiums among other benefits (full pack available upon request). The Tour has already received great coverage from Sky Sports with further commitment to track the whole event.
In addition the charity are looking for donations of anything from water bottles, energy bars/drinks to medical supplies and biking mechanical supplies.
I know many of you will be aware of the work done by Celtic fans for the people of Haiti as part of the Hoops For Haiti campaign. This is another aspect of the incredible work done by Celtic fans and a credit to our club. You can read their blog here and get involved here.
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