Celtic Fans Provide Hot Reception For 'war Criminal'

Last updated : 20 November 2007 By editor

…of course Dr. Death has received no such criticism as the Berties drop their pants and bend over at the promise of a bit of cash. The Guardian reports on a stormy AGM in Glasgow yesterday.

'John Reid suffered a baptism of fire at his inauguration as Celtic chairman yesterday when he was barracked as a "war criminal" from the floor at the Glasgow club's AGM.There have been rumblings of discontent from the more radical elements of the Scottish champions' support since it was announced that Reid, a former home, defence and Northern Ireland secretary, would replace the outgoing Brian Quinn. A minority group of vocal fans have made it plain they feel Reid's role as a member of the Labour government, which played a key role in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, is at odds with the compassionate traditions of their club.

'One shareholder told the Celtic board that Reid's appointment represented "a direct contradiction to the principles upon which the club was founded" and that the new chairman was "not fit for purpose".

'Such sentiments were echoed by others, including Jeanette Findlay of the Celtic Supporters' Trust, who claimed Reid would be "forever identified with a political and human disaster" and that he was a "hate figure at home and abroad". Amid similar comments - one supporter said he had been visiting Celtic Park for 60 years but would not renew his season ticket on account of Reid's new role.'