Ange Postecoglou excited with ticket sales ahead of "unusual" Celtic vs Ferencvaros build-up

By David Walton

October 17, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postcoglou has stated that the Hoops have sold “a ridiculous amount” of tickets for the upcoming clash against Ferencvaros at Parkhead.

The Hungarians will travel to Celtic Park for a Tuesday afternoon kick-off that’s unusually taking place at 3:30pm. This is due to the fact that the Cop26 Conference will be on in Glasgow during matchday 4 of the Europa League, with no games allowed on that date. With Rangers also at home to Brondby on matchday 3, Celtic’s game has been switched to a Tuesday as police and other matchday providers cannot accommodate 2 major fixtures in Glasgow on the same day.

Thus Celtic have to get cracking at an oddly unusual time in the day. The timing means that many would-be attendees may not be able to make the game due to work, family, or school commitments.

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Even so, Postecoglou has stated the ticket sales are showing promising signs as he gets set to try and kickstart the club’s European campaign. As quoted by the Sunday Mail [print edition, 17/10, page 56], Ange said: “It’s an unusual set of circumstances that has turned this into an afternoon kick-off in midweek. We just have to plan around it. You roll with it.

“We have still sold a ridiculous amount of tickets for this match given the situation. It just shows how committed our supporters are – some will have taken time off work or family duties to support the team. I appreciate that because it’s part of the excitement of Europe and the atmosphere at Celtic Park.

“It’s heartening and pleasing to hear we are going to have a good turnout and hopefully we will reward the supporters for those sacrifices.”

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Postecoglou is undoubtedly building some momentum. Nothing gives this football club a boost like big away-day success stories. That’s exactly what the Greek-Australian has provided in our last 2 outings with victories against Aberdeen and Motherwell respectively.

His next big task sees a talent-brimmed Ferencvaros pitch up at Parkhead looking to spring a surprise. Celtic have 0 points to show for their efforts so far in the Europa League after disappointing losses to Real Betis and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.

Another loss on Tuesday night would feel like a massive blow for the football club. Whilst you could argue that domestic success is all that matters here, this is a football club that’s thrived and built its reputation amongst European glory. It’s essential we bolster our reputation on the continent as much as possible.

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Of course, it’ll be interesting to see how many supporters actually turn up on Tuesday night. Many season-ticket holders may have bought the package and are unable to attend. Fingers crossed we still get a big atmosphere regardless.

We’re going to need it too. Ferencvaros are a side that have scored a lot of goals this season and have shown up well in Europe so far. There’s nothing to suggest they won’t pose us some real problems, even in Glasgow. Therefore, we’ll need the fans to be on top form too.

It’s certainly an unusual build-up for a European game, but the stakes remain sky-high. 3 points is all that will be accepted.

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