This has caused quite the storm. And rightly so.
The foodbank collections were an act of human decency. A time to look after those in need when no one else will.
You would think that at least a local MSP would understand that and take the side of the charitable effort that was being undertaken by the Celtic fans to help the local people.
But maybe that’s the issue. Maybe it’s because it’s football fans that are doing the collections that caused the issue here.
Imagine if it was the Salvation Army or Marie Curie. Would there have even been a police presence or traffic warden presence? This was systematic and targeted abuse of Celtic fans. Nothing more. Nothing less.
And what did local MSP John Mason make of it? Have a look:
Talk about reading the room. But his reply to justify this comment was even worse:
Local residents. Yep, that was the reply. Even our friends on the blue side of the city know that there are no residential areas outside Celtic Park. And even if there was, even THEY would understand the brilliant cause and not mind a couple of vans parked for an hour to do their charitable work.
That last tweet evoked a furious twitter response and I think it is fair to say that Mason has lost more than a fair share of votes from the Celtic support over this debacle.
Residents 🤣🤣🤣 they parked outside Celtic park there’s no residents there ya stupid looking wee idiot.
— S ⅃ . (@04Ess11) November 29, 2021
Residents directly outside Celtic Park? Where? pic.twitter.com/vWQNWbYZ6a
— Paul Murray (@RealPaulMurray) November 29, 2021
You are delighted ??? Jesus some choice of words there 🤨Local residents ??? get a grip those vans were parked next to the Celtic way and just to note those volunteers for all you know could either not be football fans or support other Teams they were there for Charity !!!
— D Mcguire (@DMcGCfc1888) November 29, 2021
I’ve been a resident in Parkhead all my life. Never had a problem with fans parking in the street. I don’t know anybody that does either.
— Malky 🏴🍀 (@J_Malky87) November 29, 2021
But they were not parked on a residential street. Maybe check the facts before you respond with ill informed comments. Also, didnt you once suggest a disabled Celtic supporter, who complained about access, should support another club?
— spicy rigatoni (@SpicyAntony) November 29, 2021