Hearts supporters left fizzing with official attendance figure for Celtic match

By David Walton

July 27, 2021

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.

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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:

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