Celtic make pay-per-view decision; non-season ticket holders to miss out

By Hamish Carton

August 28, 2020

Celtic will not offer UK based non-season ticket holders the chance to watch this weekend’s clash against Motherwell at Celtic Park.

Neil Lennon’s men will aim to get back to winning ways on Sunday when they host Motherwell.

The match will not see any supporters inside Celtic Park, however season ticket holders will get to watch the game live on their ‘Pass To Paradise’.

The fixture will also be available to non UK residents on Celtic TV, however everyone else will not get the chance to watch the clash.

An empty Celtic Park / (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

The news was confirmed by a Celtic spokesperson on Friday, as reported by the Daily Record.

They said: “The match is on our Virtual Platform that is only open to season ticket holders, and not available on a PPV basis.

“Celtic TV will show the match to non UK subscribers.”

Non-season ticket holders have been forgotten about

Supporters have been waiting weeks for the club to finally make the call over whether to offer the match to non-season ticket holders.

This season, Premiership clubs can offer one-off PPV streams to non season ticket holders, as long as the match isn’t being broadcast on Sky Sports. (BBC)

The fact our opener against Hamilton Accies was broadcast, coupled with the postponement of our next home clash against Aberdeen, means that supporters were in the dark over what the club were planning.

But now it seems like only season ticket holders, and overseas subscribers, will get to see the Hoops play at home this campaign.

It’s disappointing that non-season ticket holders have been disregarded in this way.

Hopefully we can get back to games soon / (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Sure, season ticket holders are the lifeblood of the club. They’re the ones who have ploughed in millions of pounds with no guarantees this season.

But what about the other fans? Not everyone can afford a season ticket at the best of times, never mind during a recession.

It’s a shame that the club haven’t looked to bring in more money, when other fans would happily have ploughed in hard earned cash to watch their team play.

But given the way Neil Lennon’s men performed on Wednesday night, maybe not too many would have bothered.

I guess we’ll just have to rely on the radio.

In other news, Neil Lennon has hailed David Turnbull as “brilliant” after Celtic secured the signature of the Motherwell midfielder