VIRTUAL SEASON TICKET

The Following Information Has Been Issued By Celtic

3rd June 2020

 

CELTIC Football Club welcomes the work undertaken by the SPFL and SKY in ensuring a framework for the return of Scottish Premiership matches.

Following an announcement today, new proposals allow clubs to sell a virtual season ticket, where home SPFL league matches which cannot be attended due to social distancing rules, will be available to view on a bespoke club platforms.

Celtic is delighted to announce that this will be available as part of its season ticket offering, meaning Celtic season ticket holders will have exclusive access to every home SPFL league match as we go for 10 in a row.

This online access will be available to season ticket holders while social distancing measures prevent fans from attending matches.

Celtic will be announcing its detailed plans in the next few days in relation to the coming season. Celtic season ticket holders who have already renewed for the season will have access to the virtual season ticket as part of their season ticket.

The only way to guarantee access to every kick of the ball from Celtic Park will be through the Celtic season ticket.

Celtic Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell, said: “The current crisis has had huge implications for the club and our supporters. Once again, I would like to thank our fans for their patience, understanding and support during these unprecedented times.

I have already said, our priority has been to look at ways in which can resume football and ultimately get our supporters back safely to Celtic Park as soon as possible.

Until we can welcome our fans back, we want our fans to stay as close to the Club and be part of everything we do. It is imperative we cater for the needs of our supporters. These proposals are great news. 

The access will be available while social distancing measures prevent fans from attending matches and will mean that our season ticket holders, exclusively, will be part of every SPFL home game.

I would like to thank Neil Doncaster, the SPFL Board and SKY for the work they have done in bringing this arrangement together.

We have already been liaising closely with football’s joint response group and Scottish Government in striving to ensure that our fans, the lifeblood of the game, can return to matches as quickly as we can. We will continue this work.

Everyone at Celtic was delighted to deliver 9 in a Row for our fans. It was a season where we produced brilliant, attacking, winning football. Now we focus on the next chapter.

Clearly we have another exciting season ahead and the chance to make even more history, and we want our fans with us every step of the way. We will need you now, more than ever. Thank you for your continued support”

 Updated Announcement 6th June 2020

CELTIC Football Club is delighted to announce that it will be engaging with highly-rated production company Sunset+Vine as we look ahead to matches being broadcast as part of the Club’s season ticket.

Producers of BT Sport’s Europa League and SPFL coverage for a number of years, Sunset and Vine have an established track record of high quality, first-class sports coverage.   

Led by broadcasting experts who have worked on The FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships and the Olympics, we are confident that this partnership will provide excellent results and prove extremely popular with our supporters. 

For matches delivered virtually as part of the season ticket, a host of high quality contributors across punditry, commentary, analysis and production will be engaged to enhance and work with our existing team – and we have some well-known faces lined up!

Celtic’s priority is to do everything we can to get our fans back to Paradise as soon as possible. However, for the matches affected, Celtic wants to provide high quality access to its supporters through its virtual services offering in the season ticket, our online pass to Paradise.

We miss our fans and we know our fans are missing Celtic Park. However, we are doing all we can to keep you as close to the action as possible.

It will be one of the most exciting seasons ever ahead and we want you to join us as we go for 10!

A spokesperson for Celtic said: “Clearly, current circumstances are totally outwith our control, and while getting our supporters back to Celtic Park is our absolute priority, until this is the case, through our season ticket, we aim to give our fans the best access we can to SPFL matches at Celtic Park.

We will be making a significant investment in this project, partnering with one of the best production companies around and will deliver an experience, with top expertise and contributors, which will put our fans at the heart of the action from Celtic Park.

We are joining forces with an organisation renowned for delivering high quality coverage and we look forward to making this available our season ticket holders.”

Grant Philips, Executive Producer of Sunset +Vine added: “We are delighted to partner with Celtic Football Club and look forward to bringing our unrivalled production expertise to the live matchday programming.”

Member Events/Meetings

Dear members,

in light of the latest advice on isolation, which will mean many of us confining ourselves to our homes, normality will change.

We will not be having any CDSA meetings or functions until after the summer at the earliest, and hopefully all members will be fit and well to attend whenever that may be.

The committee would like to wish you all the best in whichever way you are defending yourselves against this virus. We look forward to being justifiably awarded our 9th consecutive League Championship and all of us surviving to see 10 in a row. HH

Regards

CDSA Committee

Lions Roar Charity Match UPDATE

 

Celtic FC Foundation and My Name’5 Doddie Foundation have taken a joint decision to postpone the charity legends match, and have released a statement on the subject, part of which is quoted below:

”We are so grateful to those supporters who have already purchased tickets for the match and we will offer a full refund.

Online and booking line sales will be refunded automatically. Those who purchased tickets directly from the Celtic Ticket Office should return tickets there so that a refund can be processed. Opening hours are 11am-2pm, Monday-Friday (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).

In consultation with Doddie Weir and his team, Celtic FC Foundation will arrange a new fixture date and confirm full details – including a host of exciting names who have already committed their support – as soon as possible.”

I know we are all disappointed at losing our regular fix of football, but I am sure we would all agree that the health and safety of everyone is what really matters.

Stay safe everyone.

 

The Lions Roar Charity Match

CELTIC manager, Neil Lennon and rugby legend, Doddie Weir today launched – on behalf of Celtic FC Foundation and the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation – a fantastic fundraising football match, to support research and other initiatives aimed at tackling Motor Neuron Disease (MND).

The Lions’ Roar Charity Match, will take place at Celtic Park on Friday, May 8, 2020 (KO: 7pm) – and will see the worlds of football, rugby and entertainment join forces, United Against MND.

The net proceeds of The Lions’ Roar Charity Match will be devoted to fighting MND through two equal beneficiary charities – Celtic FC Foundation (in memory of Jimmy Johnstone) and the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

The two Foundations will pull together opposing legends’ squads including a number of familiar faces from both football and rugby, and also a few celebrity supporters.

The passion and commitment of the Celtic support will be largely driven by the loss of our Greatest Ever Celt, the legendary Jimmy Johnstone.

Jinky signed for his beloved Celtic in November 1961 and, during an illustrious 14 years, made a total of 515 appearances for the club, scoring an impressive 130 goals. The pinnacle of that was, of course, the European Cup triumph on May 25, 1967 when Celtic beat Inter Milan 2-1.

Lisbon Lion Jinky, however, wasn’t content with just making his mark on that prestigious competition, and on Wednesday, June 7, 1967, in the Bernabeu Stadium, he and his team-mates provided the opposition for the great Alfredo Di Stefano’s testimonial. The legendary Read Madrid player may have been the focus of the night, but it was Jinky who grabbed all the headlines with a breathtaking display that had the Madrid fans shouting ‘Ole!’ at his every touch.

He remained an immensely popular figure amongst the Celtic support who, in 2003, voted him the Greatest Ever Celt. By that time, however, he was suffering from MND. He faced that battle against the toughest of opponents with incredible bravery and courage, always strengthened by the support of his family and the convictions of his faith.

Sadly, Jimmy Johnstone passed away on March 13, 2006, and the Celtic support, as well as the wider footballing world, mourned his passing. A statue of Jinky now stands outside the front of Celtic Park as a permanent memorial and a reminder to future generations of a wonderful player.

And for rugby fans, there is no greater name than Doddie Weir OBE, who is one of the sport’s most recognisable and much loved personalities. He earned 61 caps for Scotland during a successful playing career, represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour of South Africa in 1997, and won championships with his two club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons.

A talented, committed and athletic lock forward, Doddie is now facing his biggest challenge. In June 2017 the Scot revealed he was suffering from MND. From the outset, Doddie has been driven to help fellow sufferers and seek ways to further research into this, as yet, incurable disease.

In November, 2017, Doddie and his Trustees launched the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation which aims to aid research into the causes of MND, investigate potential cures and to support individuals suffering from MND.

Agnes Johnstone, Jimmy’s widow said: “Our family is so honoured that Jimmy’s legacy and memory is now being used in such a positive way to help others. Like Doddie, Jimmy faced a huge fight against MND and he tackled his challenge with real courage and determination.

We would like to thank Celtic and Doddie for all their great work in supporting the fight against MND. Doddie is a true inspiration to us all and our family are watching with genuine admiration. We hope as many people as possible support Doddie and Celtic through this great event, so that so many other deserving people can benefit.”

Doddie Weir added: “It is a great honour and privilege to have the My Name’5Doddie Foundation associated with Celtic and their long-established charity, Celtic FC Foundation.

We have only been in existence for less than three years, but in that time we have raised over £5m, all of which has gone to helping in the fight against MND, in the shape of funding towards research across the country, extensive drug trials, the purchasing of drugs, and, to directly help fellow MND sufferers and their families.

For many of us, MND first came to our attention more than a decade ago when Celtic and Scotland legend Jimmy Johnstone eventually succumbed to this horrible condition. Little was known about MND then compared to now, however, in terms of a cure or positive treatment, little has advanced on that front.

Other high-profile sportsmen have had their lives blighted and ultimately ended by MND, thus far, an incurable disease. However, our fight to find a cure will continue, but to achieve that we must keep MND and our battle against it in the public eye, something this footballing spectacle will achieve.

What do I know about football? Well, I am very proud about having represented Stow Amateurs as goalkeeper – played one, one clean sheet. And then retirement! But some of those participating in this match carved a career for club and country and I’m sure will show they have lost none of their magic on the night.”

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell added: “Everyone at Celtic is delighted to be staging and supporting Celtic FC Foundation and the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation in this fantastic event, with two great men in our thoughts.

Doddie is a true sporting great, a Scotland hero and a man of immense courage. He is someone who is demonstrating such determination and his vision of helping others while facing such adversity is truly inspirational and should be applauded by us all.

Likewise, our very own Jimmy Johnstone dealt with his own fight with such dignity and humility. Jimmy will always be remembered as our Greatest Ever Player, but also as a truly great man with such strength of character.

On May 8, we will honour and celebrate the courage and spirit of two great men and at the same time all join forces to make a positive difference to the lives of so many more.

We hope that as many people as possible join us in supporting this great event, fans of any team across rugby or football, new visitors to Celtic Park, indeed anyone who wants to be part of a wonderful cause and fantastic tribute to two great sporting icons.”

Tony Hamilton, Chief Executive of Celtic FC Foundation, said: “Doddie Weir is a truly inspirational character, he’s shown tremendous courage in the past few years and he’s decided to take his battle with MND head on, in the same way he did throughout his playing career. We’re sadly very familiar with MND and we witnessed our Greatest Ever Player, Jimmy Johnstone, fight the same battle.

We are delighted at Celtic FC Foundation that Doddie’s charity are partnering with us for this match in May. It will hopefully provide a platform for both organisations to help other MND sufferers with some of the support that they and their families will desperately need in the coming years.

I am very grateful to all of our supporters for the way they continually back what we are trying to do at the Foundation, and hopefully they can respond to this match and make it a huge success for everyone connected with Celtic and Doddie Weir.”

Tickets for The Lions’ Roar Charity Match are now on sale to Celtic FC season ticket holders, on a first come first served basis, priced at £14 for adults and £6 for concessions*.

Tickets will go on general sale from 11am on Monday, March 16.

Accessible Seating season ticket holders who wish to purchase their seats for this match can do so from 11am on Monday, March 23. Subject to availability, Accessible Seating will go on general sale from 11am on Monday, March 30. Tickets are priced £10 wheelchair/ambulant and carer is free of charge.

Tickets are available to purchase online at www.celticfc.net, by calling 0871 226 1888** or by visiting the Celtic Ticket Office. Booking fees apply online/via booking line.

Only Lower Tier Seating is currently available and Rail Seating does not apply for this match.

Premium tickets (£40) and corporate packages (£135) are also available by calling 0871 226 1888** (Option 4) or emailing matchdayhospitality@celticfc.co.uk

* Concessions 65+/Under-16s.

** Calls cost 13p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge. Booking fees apply online and via our sales line.

Changing Places

As most of our members are aware Celtic were the first club in Scotland to provide a ‘’Changing Places’’ facility for disabled fans, within the stadium.

The toilet has space for two carers, comes facilitated with a hoist, height-adjustable bed, space for a wheelchair and additional equipment. This is a boon for fans who find it difficult or impossible to use ‘’standard’’ disabled toilets.

It will allow some fans, who previously haven’t been able to attend matches, because of the lack of this facility, a chance to see their heroes in action.

Who knows, maybe even witness the ten in a row celebrations first hand.

The Changing Places toilet is situated within the North Stand Concourse, behind sections 105/106.

105 entry/exit is stepped and 106 entry/exit is via a ramp.

If fans in any part of the stadium require the use of Changing Places, contact a steward who will arrange that they are escorted safely.

You can check it out on You Tube, as well as hearing the views of Peter Joyce and Billy Wales on the subject:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtf7rc5f9BA

Ticket Pricing Update

Agreement has been reached between the CDSA and CFC in regard to the cost of match day tickets for those on the accessible seating waiting list.

Concession prices will apply from January until the end of the season resulting in a discount up to 40%. The concession prices will also apply to those places given up for a game by accessible seating season-ticket holders.

Further discussions will take place between the CDSA and CFC in regard to next seasons pricing for all accessible seating.

If you require any other info get in touch with us, 07514-059870 info@celticdsa.co.uk

WINTER EVENT 2019 REVIEW

Yet another fun evening was enjoyed by everyone who braved the cold conditions to attend the Kerrydale Suite for our annual Winter Event.

Some lively disco music entertained us before food was served, at which point we were presented with a variety of delicious hot food by the helpful staff.

Once everyone had their fill, the evening began in earnest and we were delighted to welcome Liam McGrandles, who entertained us all with some familiar songs. So familiar, in fact, that not many could help themselves from doing anything else but join in.

Players, management and staff of the Celtic Ladies team joined us for a Q & A session, after which they happily posed for photos and signed autographs.

Present were:

Manager, Ed Black and Assistant Manager, Michael Tuohy

Media Officer, Colette Carr

Players – Lauryn Reside, wide midfield., Cara McBrearty, left back and Emma Black, right back

Although it is the close season for the ladies, news, fixtures, results etc. can all be found on the website at, https://celticfcwomen.celticfc.net/

Then Maggie invited Patron and regular tosser, (of the coin) Tom Boyd, to help host a free game of Heads or Tails. Well worth playing as there was a prize of £100 to be won.

The said prize to the last person standing was won by Michael Tuohy, the ladies team assistant manager.

Michael very kindly donated the £100 prize to CDSA funds. A fine gesture indeed.

Thank you Michael.

A surprise guest, Willie McStay, who was having an evening out with friends, joined Tom Boyd to entertain everyone with some memories of poignant and funny moments in their careers. They were also happy to answer questions from the audience, who certainly enjoyed hearing the answers.

As usual the evening was brought to a close with the raffle and result of the silent auction. With a huge array of prizes, a lot of Bhoys and Ghirls went home happy with their haul. For those who went empty handed……. Better luck next time.

All in all a great nights entertainment was had yet again by our members, family and friends

Many thanks to everyone who entertained us, and also to everyone who donated raffle prizes and auction items

They all helped us raise over £1000 towards CDSA funds, ensuring that we can provide quality afternoon events, free to members, throughout the year.

The committee look forward to seeing everyone again at the next event.

Event Pictures

ONE YEAR ON

CDSA Evening Function 30 Nov 2019

Celtic Disabled Supporters Association
Evening function for members, their family and friends

Saturday 30th November, Kerrydale Suite.
19:30 – 23:30, doors open 19:00.

Adults £15, 14yrs & under £5.

Entertainment including guest Q & A.
Trophy photo opportunity, live music, DJ & buffet.
We will also have a raffle (donations welcome)

online payment option is now closed.

Please advise if you have any dietary concerns by contacting us
via events@celticdsa.co.uk – 07514-059870 (during office hours)

Regards – CDSA

 

Ticket Queues & Vehicle Access

Ticket Office Queues

For wheelchair users and those with mobility impairments that would find difficulty standing for too long in a queue, should make themselves known to stewards. They will assist you with some seating or fast track you through the process to collect your tickets. This is especially relevant now with the sale of cup semi-final tickets.

Vehicle Access to Celtic Park on Non-Match Days

The only vehicle entrance open is Janefield Street from Springfield Road. Go under the North stand and then left which will take you to the front of the stadium, Kerrydale suite entrance and superstore.