Celtic fans hoping to get into this weekend’s Glasgow derby will have to be outside Ibrox nearly two hours before kick-off.

The first derby of the season gets underway at noon on Sunday but Hoops supporters will have to be ready to enter the stadium when it opens at 10:30am. In fact, the Celtic faithful have been instructed to be in the “away car park” for no later than 10:15am.

Celtic SLO John Paul Taylor also informed fans that there would be “enhanced ticket checks” on the way into the ground.

 

Celtic will be backed by around 800 supporters once again in Govan on Sunday after Rangers continued their policy of reducing the number of away fans on derby day. The smaller away allocation was in use for both of last season’s clashes on Ibrox which the Gers both won without conceding a goal.

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Will the Celtic fans make themselves heard at Ibrox?

The smaller Celtic support have barely been heard on our last two visits to Ibrox but you can’t really blame them.

Not only have we had our allocation cut ten-fold and replaced with home supporters, but the fans in attendance have also had to endure two of the worst derby performances in the past decade.

After earning four straight wins at the home of our rivals, last season was a much more bleak affair with two defeats and an aggregate score of 3-0 that probably reflected favourably on ourselves.

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It is up to the players to give the fans something to sing about come noon on Sunday. It’s looking like being another tough afternoon with the odds firmly stacked in the favour of the hosts. But we’ve defied expectations at Ibrox before. Hopefully we can do so again.

Victory this Sunday would be sweeter than any there in recent years.

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