Celtic announce sell out 6 weeks ahead of schedule; supporters have bought into Ange

By John McGinley

October 22, 2021

Another fantastic sign that Celtic supporters have fully bought into the Ange Postecoglou era became apparent today when the club announced a sell out of the Real Betis fixture in December.

The Spaniards don’t visit Glasgow for over six weeks, facing the Bhoys on 9th December at 8 pm.

For comparison, the fixture against Bayer Leverkusen didn’t sell out until the day of the match, while the ludicrous circumstances surrounding the Ferencvaros fixture prevented a full house for that one.

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The more sensible kick-off time against Betis has clearly caught the imagination of fans and there will now be a capacity crowd in place to watch Celtic try to best the La Liga outfit.

When Ange Postecoglou was first linked with Celtic, there was scepticism amongst many supporters. In fact, there were some predictions that he would fail to get fans on board enough to inspire strong ticket sales, much like the latter days of the first Neil Lennon spell or the Ronny Deila stint.

However, it’s clear that fans are excited by what the manager is trying to do at the club. After stellar season ticket sales, the Europa League campaign has received a great show of support from fans. Sales and attendances are more in line with the Brendan Rodgers era than any other in recent memory.

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There’s still a decent chance the Betis fixture is a decisive one in terms of European progression. Celtic will be hopeful of picking up a positive result in Hungary, while the Spaniards still have to travel to visit Bayer Leverkusen.

It should be another special night at Paradise.

In other news, UEFA get in on the Celtic hype.