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Celtic Fans Unveil New Anti-Monarchy Banner And Chant Before St Mirren Game

Celtic Fans Unveil New Anti-Monarchy Banner And Chant Before St Mirren Game
By Gary Connaughton Updated

Heading into this afternoon's Scottish Premiership fixture against St Mirren, there was a sense that Celtic would make their feelings known about the British royal family.

A club rooted in the republican movement, they had been heavily criticised is some quarters for unveiling an anti-monarchy banner prior to their Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek.

A minute's applause would be held before the game at St Mirren Park, with Sky Sports apparently taking bizarre measures to ensure that any dissenting voices would not be heard from the away end. They planned to lower the volume on the microphones near the Celtic fans so any chants would be less easily heard on the broadcast.

While this did seem to be the case, the Hoops supporters certainly got their message across.

Celtic fans unveil ant-monarchy banner and chant at St Mirren

With the minute's applause about to get underway, Celtic fans would unveil a banner with the message 'if you hate the royal family, clap your hands'.

They would also chant the same message throughout the clapping from those in the ground.

Footage from the TV broadcast of the game would seem to suggest that the microphones near the Celtic support were indeed lowered, although the chant could still be heard.

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Of course, Celtic are not the only club to have a similar message during this weekend's tributes to Queen Elizabeth II. Dundee United fans chanted 'Lizzie's in a box' during the minute's silence at Rangers yesterday, while Hibernian supporters used the same song prior to their game against Aberdeen.

With the international break set to get underway from next week, it is likely that clubs will not be expected to partake in such tributes moving forward.

SEE ALSO: Dundee United Fans Chant 'Lizzie's In A Box' During Minute's Silence At Ibrox


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