Date: 26th November 2019 at 6:52am
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Celtic came under fire last night after unilaterally deciding to close part of the ‘rail seating section’ for Thursday’s match against Rennes.

Pyro from that area has brought fines from UEFA but deciding on a partial closure with three days’ notice on the eve of the 2019 AGM has brought about a backlash.

Thursday’s action is from the Celtic board and will impact on many fans who haven’t been involved in the Pyro issue, Separately the club has been disciplined for banners and chants at the Lazio home match and face a further charge for Pyro and Fireworks at the return match with Lazio in Rome.

Pyro is acknowledged as a problem by most supporters but at the same time other clubs in UEFA competition aren’t throwing out their own fans for its use.

Tomorrow at their AGM the Celtic board, and Peter Lawwell in particular, are expected to be grilled over their backing of the SFA over the 2011 UEFA licence awarded to Rangers despite clear evidence that their title success in the 2010/11 season was achieved by withholding money from HMRC.

In September 2017, former SFA chief executive Stewart Regan, having previously denied any issue, referred the matter to the Compliance Officer. More than two years later the SFA have still to make any decision with the Celtic directors refusing to take the issue to UEFA to investigate.