Celtic Park sold-out for Lazio clash

By Hamish Carton

October 4, 2019

Celtic Park will be a sell-out again when Lazio roll into town for the Europa League matchday three clash later this month.

Parkhead was packed for Thursday night’s 2-0 win over Cluj and the same will be the case for the visit of the Italians after the club announced the news on Friday afternoon.

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Lazio clash gives Celtic fans a mix of glamour and opportunity

It seems like the Europa League has become a bit of a big thing for Celtic supporters in recent years. Last year, we had the second highest average gate of all the teams who played in the competition proper – sitting behind only Arsenal and ahead of the likes of Rangers, Inter Milan and Valencia. (worldfootball.net)

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The obsession with the competition is terrific, but a little strange considering that the support didn’t used to pack out the stadium for group stage matches. Previous games under Tony Mowbray, Neil Lennon and Ronny Deila often saw Parkhead half full for the Thursday night clashes but since Brendan Rodgers arrived the matches seem to have taken on a new level.

People are now realising that the Europa League gives us some really tough matches but also a chance to compete – something the Champions League fails to do.

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The match against Lazio is a perfect example of that. They are a household name in Europe with some world-class players. Yet there is a real feeling that we could go out and beat them in three weeks time. Celtic fans will believe going into the match, and for once it won’t just be based on blind faith.

It promises to be another big Europa League occasion under the lights at Celtic Park.