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The Celtic Trust
BackgroundThe Celtic Trust is among the newest of supporters' bodies and its mere existence illustrates how much Celtic and football have changed in recent years.
It was established in 1999 with the aim of providing an umbrella organisation to represent the views of the combined shareholdings of ordinary supporters in Celtic PLC. The Trust states its aim is to "...assist Celtic to prosper on the playing field and financially, while also staying true to its historic roots as a social institution taking proper account of the community which it serves".
The Trust has frequently and unsuccessfully campaigned to have a supporter representative on the Celtic board.
The Trust have also campaigned for share dividends to be reinvested in the club. The PLC eventually approved a dividend reinvestment scheme (SCRIP Scheme) and each year supporters can choose to have their dividends reinvested in the club in exchange for new shares.
OpinionGenerally more intelligent than the average supporter's group, they are active without being overbearing with what they do. So far they have stuck to a general aim rather than ape an extensive network of agendas that has been the downfall of other similar groups across the footballing world in the past. They're not without their controversies, such as in one event a representative fell into a trap in a Radio 5 Live interview on the issue of political songs at Celtic park, and it led to a bit of a hoo-haa. Support from journalist Graham Speirs backed the representative against the tirades from certain sanctimonious press hacks, but it was still a lesson learned for all.
Nevertheless, they have a lot more respect in general as an organisation than their Hun counterparts "The Rangers Supporters Trust" (sic!) who are little more than a laughing stock.
Hope the Celtic Trust can keep up the good work, which many respect them for so far.
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