Postecoglou wants Queen tribute 'respect'

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Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou wants supporters to respect a minute's applause in memory of the Queen before their next Scottish Premiership match against St Mirren.

St Mirren have confirmed they are planning the tribute for their home game on Sunday, just days after Celtic became the subject of UEFA disciplinary proceedings over supporters displaying an anti-Crown banner during Wednesday's Champions League draw against Shakhtar Donetsk.

When asked if he had a message for supporters, Australian Postecoglou said: "I have the same message to our fans that we always have. As I said before the game (against Shakhtar), we will abide by the protocols. We wore black armbands on Wednesday night.

"I think there's a minute's applause, we will abide by whatever obligations and responsibilities we have as a football club.

"We will do that in a respectful manner. We want our supporters to do the same."

One banner among Celtic supporters at the Champions League match in Warsaw declared, 'F*** the Crown' while another read 'Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan', a reference to the intruder who broke into the Queen's Buckingham Palace bedroom in 1982.

Supporters also expressed anti-monarchy sentiments in song.

There had been no minute's silence before the game but both sets of teams wore black armbands.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference, St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson said: "We will be showing our utmost respects. We just hope everybody is respectful."

Postecoglou said later on Friday: "I'm not going to speak on behalf of anyone else's supporters. I will look after our own club and our own supporters.

"Like I said, we will do whatever is required, as we have so far I think in a fairly respectful way as a football club."

Asked about the UEFA investigation, the former Socceroos coach told Sky Sports News: "If it's proven that we did the wrong thing and there are ramifications, we've got to accept those ramifications.

"We represent a large supporter base worldwide and we want to do things in the most respectful way that portrays our football club in the right light.

"Look, my own thing is that in everything you do, you should be allowed to express whatever opinion or feeling you have. My preference is that you do that in a respectful way and that's what I think our football club has done."

The Scottish Football Association postponed all matches last weekend in the wake of the Queen's death and gave clubs the option of choosing whether and how to pay respects when games resume this weekend.

Rangers are playing at home on Saturday, against Dundee United, days after defying UEFA by playing God Save the King ahead of their Champions League defeat by Napoli, straight after a minute's silence.

The Ibrox club will not face any sanctions from UEFA for going against its instructions.

Fans in the Broomloan Road Stand created a Union Jack backdrop behind the silhouette of the Queen's head as a further tribute.