Celtic are set to be backed by a large away support when the team return to action after the winter break in January.
The first game after the break is in the Scottish Cup, when Celtic will travel to Firhill to take on Partick Thistle, as the Hoops begin the defence of the cup.
The Maryhill side recently announced the ticketing arrangements for the game, and the Hoops are set to be awarded two of Firhill’s three stands for the game on the 18th of January, which the club say will provide “the best opportunity for a capacity crowd.”
Interestingly, Thistle say the situation is a one-off, and will not happen whenever the teams meet in the Premiership once again.
Sensible move from Hoops opponents
This is actually a sensible move on Partick’s part. They will know that there is an appetite from Celtic fans to see their team in action. More teams should do this when they take on Celtic, as they will make more money from when the Hoops visit their stadium.
It would make sense, rather than have a half-empty stadium when Celtic come to town to sell the Celtic support more tickets.
That would make the stadium look better, especially when the game is live on television, as it is when the Hoops take on Partick.
Big demand from fans to see team in action
Celtic’s game against Partick will be the first the Hoops play in three weeks, so there will be a big demand from fans to see the Hoops in action.
Therefore, Partick are doing the right thing in giving Celtic more tickets. As they say, it is not something that is going to be repeated in the future.
However, circumstances might dictate that it is repeated in the future, and so it should be, if it helps generate money for the smaller clubs.
Celtic are the biggest team in Scotland, and that should be reflected in the number of away tickets the club are given at times.