Celtic today released a statement confirming that Rangers supporters will only be receiving 800 tickets for the upcoming derby at Celtic Park in September.
That comes after the Gers took the step to reduce the away allocation for all matches at Ibrox next season due to record season ticket sales, as revealed in a May statement.
There’s an argument to say that part of the spectacle of Scottish football’s biggest fixture requires a large away support to really get the atmosphere going, but frankly do we need to see that as supporters at Ibrox, especially when it’s clearly giving their team a boost on the pitch?
I’m sure that Celtic fans would say the same about us going to Celtic Park. It’s not like they enjoy our company is it? A quick scan of Celtic supporters’ reactions suggest they are quite happy at this news.
In a hugely important year for the club which has seen a massive resurgence in fan interest due to the appointment of Steven Gerrard, anything that gives his team more of a chance in derby fixtures at Ibrox is hugely welcomed.
They’ve enjoyed their gloating for a number of years now but no more, especially when we have absolutely nothing to lose financially. Ibrox will be a sell-out when they come calling, with a full Broomloan Road end ready to cheer on the good guys for a change.
The Celtic statement takes various pot shots at Rangers, claiming that the previous arrangement suited both sets of supporters.
That’s clearly untrue. It benefited them far more than us, so we’ve taken steps to address that. It’s hardly necessary to start the mud-slinging and calls for summits between the two clubs and the SPFL is it?
The club is simply looking out for its own interests and no amount of hysterical statements from across the city is going to change that.
What do you make of the Celtic statement and allocation situation? Let us know in the comments…