Celtic announce pleasing triple sell out but club need to take action on last season's trend

By Lewis Laird

July 15, 2022

Celtic have announced that Parkhead has sold out for the first three home fixtures of the 2022/23 season against Blackburn Rovers, Norwich City and Aberdeen.

The Bhoysโ€™ preparations for the new campaign were kicked start after a 10-day pre-season tour of Austria and the Czech Republic.

Ange Postecoglou and his squad have been busy getting to work on the training ground ahead of the opening competitive fixture at the end of this month.

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So far, the Hoops have participated in three friendly fixtures during their time abroad, going unbeaten against Wiener Viktoria, Rapid Vienna and Banik Ostrava.

Seeing the side back in action over the past two weeks has left supporters buzzing for the new season as Celtic look to defend their league and cup double.

With the Hoops set to make their eagerly awaited return to Celtic Park on Saturday, anticipation has been building for fans looking forward to seeing the side once again.

This afternoon, Celtic announced that along with the competitive season opener against Aberdeen, both of the Bhoysโ€™ friendly fixtures are now also sold out.

All season ticket holders have been given access to the two friendly fixtures as part of their continued support for the club.

Tomorrow afternoonโ€™s game should prove to be an entertaining afternoon, with English Championship side Blackburn Rovers expected to bring a considerable following of their own.

Sell-out crowd is pleasing, but can club find a way to resolve ticket issue?

Whilst it is brilliant to hear that the next three fixtures at Celtic Park have sold out, it seems unlikely that we will see a full house for the friendly outings.

On several occasions last campaign, the club announced sell-out crowds at Parkhead, and yet there was still visibly empty seats around the ground.

Some sections of the support have questioned whether it would be possible to see the club create a ticket exchange service for games that season ticket holders who canโ€™t make it are able to sell their ticket to another fan for that individual fixture.

Clubs south of the border, such as Arsenal and Manchester United, offer this service, which allows other fans to sell on their ticket for games they cannot attend.

This would hopefully bring an end to seeing empty seats during these โ€˜sell-outโ€™ games and bring even more to the terrific atmosphere within the stadium.

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Whilst this would be a great initiative to introduce, it doesnโ€™t appear there are plans to put a similar system in place any time soon.

The Cynic member @Ginty1888 stated that this issue has been raised to the club and looked into. But, it wouldnโ€™t be cost-effective for Celtic just yet.

Hopefully, this is something that those behind the scenes are continuing to look into more depth to find some sort of solution.

However, it definitely seems like it will be a bit more time before this issue is resolved. For now, I am sure those who are going to be in attendance are buzzing at the prospect of getting back into Celtic Park!

In other news, Ange Postecoglou reacts to Celticโ€™s reported plans for Japan pre-season tour.