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Ange Postecoglou refuses to be drawn on Celtic fans’ chants through tribute to late Queen Elizabeth II

BY SkySports
09.18.2022
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Celtic fans disrupted a minute’s applause in memory of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Premiership match at St Mirren; Champions saw 38-game unbeaten ended by 2-0 defeat – their first league loss in 364 days

Ange Postecoglou preferred not to comment when asked about Celtic supporters chanting throughout a minute’s applause in memory of the Queen ahead of the cinch Premiership game against St Mirren in Paisley.

Some Hoops fans chanted ‘if you hate the Royal Family clap your hands’ while a banner containing the same phrase could be seen in the away end.

Celtic boss Postecoglou had previously expressed the club’s wish that fans be “respectful” during any tributes.

After his side’s 2-0 defeat, the Greek-born Australian said: “I addressed all that in two press conferences, I’m not going to do it in three.

“I get why the interest is there, but I’m a manager at a football club, and I sit at press conferences wanting to talk about football.

“We addressed that matter, we did everything we needed to do, it’s time we moved on.”

PAISLEY, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: The Celtic players during a minute's applause for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during a cinch Premiership match between St. Mirren and Celtic at the SMiSA Stadium, on September 18, 2022, in Paisley, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

Celtic and St Mirren players held a minute’s applause for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Paisley

The Glasgow club became the subject of UEFA disciplinary proceedings after supporters displayed a ‘F*** the Crown’ banner during Wednesday’s Champions League draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in Poland.

There were also disruptions to tributes at some of Saturday’s Premiership fixtures.

A minute’s silence at Ibrox was disrupted by Dundee United supporters. Boos and derogatory chants could be heard coming from the corner of the stadium housing several hundred United supporters before Rangers played God Save the King.

In a brief statement, United later stated that they had “reached out to advise our supporters of the pre-match arrangements with the expectation that the minute silence would be observed”.

There were similar reactions ahead of Hibernian’s game with Aberdeen at Easter Road, where boos and chants were audible during a minute’s applause.

The Scottish Football Association had postponed all matches the previous weekend following the Queen’s death and gave clubs the option of choosing whether and how to pay respects when games resumed.

In a joint statement with the Scottish Professional Football League last Monday, the SFA said: “This week, as a mark of respect and in keeping with the period of national mourning, home clubs may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the national anthem just ahead of kick-off, and players may wish to wear black armbands.”

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