Scottish Premiership football club Celtic has claimed a first by answering a campaign launched by female fans that will lead to the introduction of free sanitary products at its Celtic Park stadium from the 2018-19 season.

The Glasgow club has responded after three supporters, Erin Slaven, Orlaith Duffy and Mikaela McKinlay, highlighted their concerns regarding the availability of basic female hygiene products.

Slaven launched a petition on the change.org platform that gained more than 2,700 signatures as part of a wider effort to raise awareness of issues concerning the experience of female fans at football matches.

Slaven wrote on the platform: “Following discussions with the club around periods, period poverty and the visibility of female fans and our needs, we are delighted to announce that our club will lead the way as the first football club in the UK to provide free sanitary products.

“By the start of August, sanitary products will be available at no cost in all female toilets. Celtic plan to provide these products on a trial basis with the aim of installing as a permanent service in December.”

A Celtic spokesperson added: “We are pleased to support this trial, which we hope will be well received by our female supporters.”

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