Celtic looking for Scottish Government's perspective on having fans in Betis

By David Walton

September 8, 2021

Celtic are attempting to clarify the Scottish Government’s stance on having supporters in Betis next week.

UEFA announced earlier in the week that away fans will no longer be banned from attending European matches. In theory, that means that Celtic fans can take in the clash against Real Betis next week in Spain.

As of yet, Betis have still to announce whether they will even move to accommodate travelling Parkhead fans. It’s also unknown how many tickets will be made available should the Celtic supporters be allowed to go. And the Celtic Supporter Liason Officer has confirmed that the club is currently trying to get the perspective of the Scottish Government on this via the SFA’s Joint Response Group.

Celtic fans could be allowed to travel to Spain, Germany, and Hungary for their three Europa League group stage away matches this season. Especially considering not one of them is on the UK’s red list for international travel.

It would be expected that all travellers will need to be fully vaccinated. However, it will be interesting to see how the Scottish Government view it.

Celtic shouldn’t be stopped from taking fans to Real Betis clash

No matter what the response is from government, there is no reason to halt Celtic fans from travelling to Betis.

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After all, as things stand in the current health and safety guidelines, large groups of people can travel to Europe in any case. It would make little sense if those who are fully vaccinated are still being halted from going to a football match abroad.

You have to take into consideration the fact that mass crowds are gathering in Scotland once again anyway. It won’t be any more dangerous for Celtic fans heading to Seville than it would be going to Celtic Park on a regular Saturday afternoon.

But credit to Celtic for taking no chances. The Scottish Government have come down hard on football in the past. It makes sense to get their views on the way forward.

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Fingers crossed Celtic can indeed get some supporters over to Spain for the game in Betis. It would be a major boost in the road to footballing normality.

And considering the game is in an amber list country? There’s nothing that should be stopping us.

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