Animal rights activists have urged Celtic to save flossie.
The Celtic Song famously makes reference to ‘we don’t care what the animals say’ but that sentiment us under threat before a ball is kicked tonight.
Shakhter Karagandy’s pre-match ritual of slaughtering a sheep has caused uproar among animal charities disgusted by the actions of the team from Kazakhstan.
While Shakhter laugh and joke about the matter Celtic have been urged to ensure that tonight’s Champions League opponents don’t smuggle a sheep in with their hamper.
John Patrick, a spokesman for Scotland for Animals said: “We appeal to Celtic and its fans to speak out against these animal sacrifices. It’s an affront to the game.”
John Brady of animal protection charity OneKind added: “The arrogance of the Kazakhstan side is really quite staggering if they think they can continue with their bizarre and unnecessary rituals while in a country known to be a nation of animal lovers.
“Surely it’s not too much to ask for the visiting side to be respectful of people’s views and feelings, not to mention strict laws on animal slaughter, while they are playing on our soil.”
Celtic have refused to comment on the matter but mascot Hoopy the huddlehound is expected to have additional security for tonight’s match.
Looking at the match Neil Lennon said: “Our home record in Europe over the last 13 years has been fantastic and that´s due to having good teams on the pitch, but also the noise and atmosphere our supporters make.
“It really does lift our players to new heights which we experienced ourselves last season in the Champions League. And we´re going to need that again. We will need the supporters to make it an intimidating atmosphere for not just Shakhter, but any opposition coming to Glasgow.”