Celtic confirm reduced allocation for Rugby Park clash

By Hamish Carton

January 3, 2020

Celtic fans will be housed in just the one stand at Rugby Park next month, after the club confirmed ticket arrangements on Friday afternoon.

Neil Lennon takes his side to Ayrshire for the first Premiership game after the break on January 22nd. The Wednesday night clash will see Celtic visiting Rugby Park for the first time in almost a year, with the infamous Scott Brown goal-winning match the last time we trekked to Killie’s ground.

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But there will be a significant difference in the Celtic support inside the stadium for next month’s match. Numbers have been reduced drastically after Kilmarnock decided to keep our usually allocated Moffat Stand for their own supporters.

This will reduce the Celtic travelling support from around 9,000 to 4,500. That’s still a pretty sizable backing but it will take a bit of getting used to for Neil Lennon and his players.

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The Celtic support will still pack Rugby Park

The news isn’t entirely unexpected after Kilmarnock reduced Rangers’ allocation for their two most recent meetings in Ayrshire. The reasoning given by the Ayrshire side back in May, as per the BBC, was that they wanted a “celebration of all things Killie.”

A club statement said: “As we continue our 150th anniversary, we want to turn our final match of the season into a celebration of all things Killie.

“With this in mind, we as a board of directors have made the decision to house Rangers supporters solely in the Chadwick Stand with Kilmarnock supporters in the remaining three stands.”

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The news is likely to lead to more frustration for Celtic fans trying to get to the match. Tickets have been extremely hard to come by for our loyal supporters over the past six months and that will only be increased by this news.

But you can be assured of one thing – the Chadwick Stand will be packed to the rafters when Celtic visit there next month.

To be eligible for a ticket for the game, fans will have had to have been at at least three domestic away matches so far this season.