Through the years, tifo – the Italian word for supporting a sports team and now representative of choreography displayed by fans at stadiums – has become an art form. Borussia Dortmund are famed for their intimidating ‘Yellow Wall’, Galatasaray fans create a notoriously intimidating atmosphere in while Japanese fans have almost made it a competitive sport in its own right.
Celtic fans showed yesterday that they were not to be left behind, bringing out their creativity for their big game against arch-nemesis Rangers. A section of Celtic Park momentarily resembled an artistic installation as a fantastic banner depicting club legends was surrounded in a sea of green and white. Some co-ordination that:
Unfortunately, it’s not an Old Firm derby without some controversy. Religion has always been a contentious point at the heart of the rivalry, and while the previous display had a subtle play on faith, the half-time banner from the Celtic fans chose to rip right through Rangers with some harsh words about their recent financial woes amongst other sensitive issues.