Barry Ferguson saddened by rivals' Celtic stance
Barry Ferguson is disappointed there will be no Celtic fans at Ibrox on Sunday for the derby against Rangers.
As we reported last week, the Ibrox side had sent 750 tickets to Celtic ready for sale to supporters before pulling the plug at the last moment.
67 Hail Hail understands that Celtic have been prepared to discuss bringing back large away allocations in both stadiums for the fixture. The club continues to sell season tickets in the Lisbon Lions stand that don’t include matches against them, signalling their intent.
And that’s what former Rangers captain Ferguson wants to see. Speaking from a perspective of being a major former figure of the fixture, he relishes playing in front of Celtic fans.
Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show, he said: “The fans are going to be in, but I’m just disappointed it’s not back to the way it was four or five years ago.
“You walk out at Ibrox. If you’re a player, you look to your left and there’s 8,000 Celtic fans and the other three stands are full of Rangers fans.
“Get it back to being like that. And the same at Celtic Park, 8,000 Rangers fans travelling and supporting their team. It just disappoints me, if you asked all the ex-players they’d want the opposition fans there.
“It’s great when it’s just your own fans but me growing up and playing in it, it was special. Going over to take a corner kick, you were going over to the Broomloan and you knew you were going to get absolute pelters. But that’s what it was all about! That fired you up.”
I know plenty of Celtic fans will disagree with this sentiment, but I’m fully on board. I like the atmosphere being alive for this fixture and, like it or not, that’s often dependent on having sizable away supports.
We know the Bhoys are up for it. And Rangers should be too. Something has been lost from the occasion, which is the highest-profile that Scottish football has to export.
It’s too late for Sunday but hopefully common sense prevails in the end. The feeling of being a fan going to Ibrox and picking up a win is like nothing else in sport.
In other news, the latest on Georgios Giakoumakis to Celtic; it’s looking good.