Celtic announce yet another Parkhead sell-out as excitement builds for Glasgow Derby

By Euan Davidson

January 19, 2022

Celtic have officially sold out of tickets for the derby against Rangers on the 2nd of February.

The match, which was rescheduled due to the shuffling of the winter break, will take place on a Wednesday evening. It’ll be the first midweek derby in some time, and Celtic fans have snapped up extra tickets that were made available mere hours ago.

Celtic FC Tickets on Twitter declared the match a sell-out.

It’s bound to be an absolutely electric Parkhead atmosphere under the lights, with the potential of closing the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership to a single point.

Unless, that is, Livingston can do us a favour at Ibrox next Wednesday.

Celtic fans have repeatedly sold out Paradise this season. Time after time, from AZ Alkmaar to Ross County, the Hoops faithful have sold out fixtures on a consistent basis. And why not? The players are exciting, the brand of football is brilliant, and we’ve just had a season without being able to go to matches.

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The recipe is perfect. Now, this time, add Rangers and a chance for revenge into the mix; of course Celtic fans are going to pack the house.

After last night’s draw with Aberdeen, the Ibrox side look vulnerable. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team aren’t firing on the cylinders they were last season. Meanwhile, Celtic have won 9 of their last 10 games, and have added real quality during the January transfer window.

It’s shaping up to be an absolute belter.

That said, Celtic v Rangers always is.

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Given Rangers’ preference not to play in front of crowds, this is surely a massive boost.

The fact some extra tickets were available, and have been snapped up, has allowed even more Celtic fans to get in to see us play Rangers on the 2nd of February. Under the Parkhead lights, you just know it’s going to have everything.

Ange’s first derby came too soon, in a period where Celtic were still figuring themselves out under Postecoglou. But now, we’re domestically unbeaten since September. We have the best defence in the league, and we were on excellent form ahead of the winter break.

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Adding 3 of the J League’s best players, and potentially a star in Matt O’Riley by that stage? With a raft of players approaching full fitness by then? I, for one, fancy our chances.

Of course, some key players are likely to be missing. Our Australian and Japanese cohort seem likely to get called up for vital World Cup qualifiers. However, there’s plenty of strength in this Celtic side. In front of the raucous Parkhead support? Why shouldn’t we believe we’ll get one over Rangers?

Collectively, we’ll be counting down the days. It should be a massive night.

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