Hearts supporters left fizzing with official attendance figure for Celtic match
Hearts fans have been left absolutely furious after only being allowed 4,535 in for Saturday’s Celtic match.
The Tynecastle club today announced that after an application sent to Edinburgh City Council, their total number would be almost 2,000 less than what Motherwell have been granted for their opening clash against Hibernian by North Lanarkshire Council.
In recent weeks, we’ve seen the beginning of a gradual return to capacity stadiums. Celtic had 2,000 supporters watch a pre-season game vs Preston nearly a fortnight ago. Their next home game will have 24,500 fans.
Yet despite a capacity of over 20,000, Hearts haven’t been given much of a boost by Edinburgh City Council. For their Premier Sports Cup match vs Inverness, 3,000 fans were allowed into the ground.
It’s less of a proportionate boost than other clubs in Scotland are receiving. Hearts have also confirmed that no away fans will be allowed in. This is down to clubs’ discretion. Motherwell, for example, are giving Hibs 2,000 of their 6,500 tickets for this weekend’s match [Edinburgh Live].
Hearts vs Celtic match deserves a bigger attendance
And it’s disappointing for Celtic as well. The more Hearts fans allowed, the more of an occasion the game would be. Matchday one being a night match at Tynecastle could’ve been extremely special. Only having around 4,500 rips away much of the atmosphere.
So you can understand Hearts’ frustrations. Especially when we’re apparently only a fortnight away from capacity stadiums being allowed. Of course, it would take a brave soul to bet that going ahead.
The fixture on Saturday night will mark Ange Postecoglou’s first Premiership match as Celtic manager. Undoubtedly, the Hoops boss would’ve thrived in a hostile atmosphere.
It’s difficult to know where the figure from Edinburgh City Council has been plucked from. It certainly doesn’t stand to reason when compared with other council decisions on fan returns.
And unsurprisingly, the Hearts fans have been left fuming. Here’s a look at how they’ve reacted to today’s announcement:
Further clarification required from Edinburgh council over these numbers.— David Wilkinson (@DavidWilkinson8) July 27, 2021
Other clubs in other cities given a far bigger percentage than what we are getting.
A club in the same city got 200 more over a week ago (by the time of the game). No logic has been applied here.
Where’s the fight from you Hearts? £600 paid in 2 years and yet to see a competitive game from it. I can accept it if it sounds like your fighting for more & angry at the amount, from reading the statement it’s been accepted like everything you do at board level accept it— Graeme Stuart (@BIGgee16) July 27, 2021
There needs to be some transparency with the supporters who have forked out their cash again for season tickets. Why is it only that amount when clubs with similar size stadiums are getting more? How much did we actually apply for etc? Seems a very low amount compared to others.— dmacg (@donnymacgill) July 27, 2021
Hearts you need to get your finger out this is terrible compared to what Motherwell etc are getting. You must have just applied for that number, sitting everyone in single seats. But you have all our season ticket money so you won’t be bothered, less work— Kirstie McKay (@kirstie_mckay) July 27, 2021
We have now have 3 home games with paltry increases per game and yet other councils are providing far higher percentages of attendance per capacity compared to us. Some justification is required for this as its just not good enough. Fans shafted again @Edinburgh_CC— Ian 🇱🇻🇱🇻 (@Ian1978Jambo) July 27, 2021