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The Fans Who Make Football: Celtic FC

Celtic have some of the most passionate fans in the world but their cause goes beyond sport to fight human rights issues.

Celtic Football Club supporters hold British and European records for the biggest-ever crowds. In 2017, they were awarded “best fans in the world” by FIFA. Many of the world’s greatest players are enthused by the atmosphere created by the Celtic “faithful”.

Still, the team and their fans are about more than the sport.

Founded in 1887 to help poor Irish immigrants in Glasgow’s East End, the charitable side of Celtic continues to this day with fans funding schools and clinics for the poor across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

They have stood in the face of some of history’s greatest human rights issues; Nelson Mandela himself applauded Celtic fans for their campaign against apartheid in South Africa, and today, it is the Palestinian cause that grips club fans.