Anthony Ralston doesn’t sound impressed with rivals’ petty Celtic decision

By David Walton

March 24, 2022

Celtic defender Anthony Ralston didn’t sound overly-impressed with Rangers’ petty decision to only give us 700 tickets for Ibrox.

Rangers first slashed the Hoops’ Glasgow derby away ticket allocation back in the summer of 2018 after Steven Gerrard’s arrival. This was due to being consistently humiliated on their own turf by the Bhoys.

Celtic fans missed out on Ibrox altogether back in August after our rivals refused to hand us tickets. Again, a petty decision that was made due to the fact we couldn’t guarantee them an allocation for Celtic Park due to the ongoing Covid situation.

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But their decision to only hand Celtic 700 tickets for next Sunday’s showdown has been met with fierce criticism. John Hartson, for example, said they should be made to “stuff” their paltry number.

Ralston takes a different view, but at the same time, it’s clear he isn’t a fan of Rangers’ position. As quoted by the Scotsman, he said: “I would like to see as many as possible. The way it used to be was brilliant.

“If that is not going to be the case we just have to take what we can get. It will be good to get any support we can.”

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Down to Rangers as Celtic have already made their stance clear

When it comes to getting back to the normal away allocations for Glasgow derbies, the ball really is in Rangers’ court. Celtic simply can’t do anymore than they have done.

It’s already been reported that Celtic are open to discussions on ending this total nonsense [Scottish Sun]. But evidently, that isn’t something our rivals are willing to do.

After all, their managing director Stewart Robertson has already said as much. He told Sky Sports earlier this year that he can see slashed away allocations being the case for the long-term.

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That’s why this narrative over both clubs needing to do something is so false. It’s lazy and simply a refusal from the mainstream media to highlight that Rangers are the ones at fault for this, not Celtic. The idea that Celtic need to be the “bigger club” is downright laughable. Even if we gave Rangers their normal allocation for Parkhead back, there’s nothing to suggest that would be reciprocated.

And it makes it even more difficult when their managing director is coming out and effectively voicing his support for reduced allocations. This is on them, not us. The only thing Celtic are guilty of here is standing by their fans.

We’ll see whether Celtic put the 700 tickets they apparently do have out on sale. But when it comes to getting 7,000 tickets for Ibrox again? It looks as though those days are firmly in the past. At least until Rangers decide to grow up.

In other news, Celtic were only 2 days from potentially being priced out of Matt O’Riley