Celtic’s giant screen project heads to Scottish Government

Scottish Premiership football club Celtic’s bid to erect a giant rotating video screen outside its stadium has been taken to the Scottish Government.

The action has been taken after Celtic in March saw its plans rejected by Glasgow City Council, which claimed the project would prove a road safety hazard as well as being a “dominant and incongruous feature”.

The 25ft by 12ft LED display would be erected on a 26ft high pole on the Celtic Way approach to Celtic Park. It is intended to display club content and advertising.

The Daily Record newspaper said an appeal has been submitted by project architects GD Lodge, with a verdict to be reached following a site inspection. The documents submitted to the government read: “Celtic Park is the largest football stadium in Scotland and is a significant structure in the landscape.

“The signage lies centrally within the stadium precinct and is not within a residential area, nor will it overlook any residential properties. Together with the adjacent Emirates Arena, the immediate environment of the stadium precinct is one of the liveliest and busiest sporting entertainment venues in the city.”

The documents added: “At under 29ft high from ground level, the top of the mast supporting the proposed LED sign is similar in height to the existing lighting standards and banner supports lining the Celtic Way and so will be neither an obtrusive or dominant feature within the stadium precinct, as has been clearly illustrated within the visual mock-up presentations contained within the supplementary information submitted with the original application.”

Image: GD Lodge