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Celtic show red card to priests


clergy will have to pay to watch their beloved Celtic FC this season officially for the first time in the club's 108year history.

The clergy has enjoyed a special relationship with the club since it was founded in 1888 by Marist Brother Walfrid to raise money for the poor of the East End, but does not consider the decision as a rebuff from the staunch Catholic club.

Church spokesman Fr Tom Connelly told the Herald: "The poor included the clergy, which is why they got in too," he said. "There was a special gate for the clergy. What most people don't know is that Protestant ministers got in too because they were wearing dog collars."

Cardinal Winning, a season ticket holder, regularly takes ?nis nephew to Paradise, the fans' name for the Parkhead stadium. Fr Connelly said: "Evening Mass on a Saturday is a little sunnier if Celtic have won".

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