Thank you for your correspondence of Sunday 10th August.
In your open letter to Celtic regarding UEFA’S decision to kick Legia Warsaw out of the Champions League qualifying stages, you have attempted to appeal to the fans as well as the club. You talk about great characters of Celtic’s history and the dignity of our club in a cheap attempt to stoke our coals.
This kind of approach reminds me of someone trying to buy something off ebay that is on auction, where the buyer has made direct contact with the seller in an attempt to beat off the competition. Its a very sly game you are playing in trying to call into question Celtic’s beliefs, foundations and history by applying them to a mistake made by Legia Warsaw.
Celtic fans do not need to be reminded by you or anyone else what our club was founded on or indeed what our history is based upon. We Celtic Minded folk know the score and we breathe it every day.
You dare to question the professionalism of Celtic because four of your own staff failed to carry out their duties with any? I suggest you and your club leave Celtic out of this.
Legia Warsaw won the tie fair and square, something that Celtic fans accepted, no matter how bad it hurt. If you have a beef with anyone, it is with UEFA.
The punishment outlined in the rules that were broken were not written by Celtic. As disproportionate as they may appear, it is not for Celtic to remedy the situation.
Do not darken the doorstep of Celtic because we are the benefactors of your clubs failure to execute something simple. Even though there was no gain by Legia Warsaw fielding Bereszyński, it does not come down to Celtic to make it right.
By all means, go to CAS and argue your case. It probably won’t alter this case but it may invoke a change in the future.
The fact is, if it had been a 2-0 forfeit, we wouldn’t be having this debate. If you had managed to score either of the penalties from the first leg, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
Go to UEFA and go to CAS. Celtic have played by the rules and took our medicine these last two weeks.
I suggest you take yours.