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Scottish Football Flags

Last modified: 2011-12-16 by rob raeside
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Glasgow Celtic Football Club

[Glasgow Celtic supporters flag]  located by Thierry Gilabert

Source: http://www.celticclothing.com/242.html

This flag with "the bhoys" is accurate and can be bought from club shops.
Stephen Farrell, 17 May 2006

Yet another flag is used by Celtic supporters: a white saltire on a green background.
Thierry Gilabert
, 8 May 2004

This image (located by Thierry Gilabert) is a photo of a flag bearing an IRA slogan, which now appears to be rarely seen.  Celtic Football Club has no association with the IRA.

This flag bears the slogan of the IRA - our day will come. Although this organisation is unfortunately linked with Celtic, this is not the flag of Celtic Football Club. In fact that picture must have been taken a long time ago because the club crest is now copyrighted and such flags cannot be found around Celtic Park anymore.
Stephen Farrell, 17 May 2006

The New York Times today has a piece on the Rangers-Celtic rivalry in Glasgow and its connection to Protestant-Catholic history. I found it interesting that Celtic fans wave the flag of the Irish republic at matches. many Celtic supporters, apparently, are descendants of 19th-century Irish immigrants.
Al Kirsch, 24 April 2011

Many years ago (I think it was in 1961) at a football match where Celtic were playing, I was surprised to see some fans waving an alternative version of the Irish Tricolour. This left off the orange band and substituted a yellow one. I speculate that this was done by fans who were unwilling to tolerate the appearance of any Protestant symbol on their flag - even if it was that of the Irish Republic itself. They would have known that yellow and white were the colours of the Papacy and so substituted yellow. I have not seen any such flag in recent years. I wonder how common it was 50 years ago?
Kenneth Fraser, 18 November 2011


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