Celtic confirm supporters are returning to Paradise next week

By John McGinley

July 9, 2021

Celtic have confirmed they have been given permission for 2,000 supporters to attend next week’s friendly against Preston North End at Celtic Park on Saturday 17th July.

The club said: “We’re delighted to announce the Club has been given permission for 2,000 supporters to attend our pre-season friendly match against Preston North End at Celtic Park on Saturday, July 17. This is the maximum number of supporters we are allowed to welcome back to Paradise presently.  

“We are using this as our own preparatory event, under COVID-19 protocols, which will allow us to use and assess all areas of the stadium. Ticket allocation has been split among Season Ticket holders and Club contractual obligations.”

Celtic will now ballot tickets to all season ticket holders who registered their My Celtic Matchday application before 5 pm on Wednesday.

Fans who are selected for this game won’t be excluded from future ballots in proper competitions.

Clearly, this is a brilliant announcement. Some will scoff that the crowd is so small, and that concern is valid. However, Celtic fans will be able to watch the team in action for the first time since March 2020. That is the big news.

The Bhoys thrashed St Mirren 5-0 in front of a large Celtic Park crowd before the pandemic wreaked havoc with the Scottish Premiership. Back then, hardly anyone could have foreseen we’d be waiting 16 months to get back into the ground.

The number doesn’t compare with games down south, nor matches at Hampden last month. That will definitely annoy some supporters.

However, for Celtic, it’s a start. That’s what I’m choosing to focus on.

At the very least, it’ll be great for Ange Postecoglou, and any new signings, to receive a bit of support from the Bhoys fans.

Our fingers are crossed for all of those in the ballot!

In other news, supporters could receive vaccinations at Celtic Park under new initiative.