Celtic fans are being asked to arrive early for Sunday’s match against Rangers – as well as approaching the stadium from the side that their ticket is for.

Around 59,000 Hoops fans will pack Paradise as we go for three consecutive wins against Rangers this season. The match will be just the third at Celtic Park since Rangers saw their allocation cut from around 8,000 to under 1,000.

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After safety concerns, including a crush back in September 2018, new measures were brought in to keep fans safe prior, during and after the match. And Celtic SLO John Paul Taylor has confirmed that these measures will continue this weekend as he detailed early plans.

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His tweet contains images informing supporters of the areas that will be occupied by visiting supporters before the match. At 11:15, an hour and a quarter prior to kick-off, all external segregation will be removed, meaning that Celtic fans can walk around the outskirts of the stadium freely.

London Road will close to traffic two hours before kick-off at 10:30 while Celtic turnstiles open half an hour after that.

Celtic will have a real home advantage against Rangers

Celtic Park will be sold-out for the second time in a week as Steven Gerrard’s men visit to round of 2019. As is always the case with these fixtures, police presence will be high and safety will be of paramount importance.

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The importance of having the vast majority of the stadium filled by Celtic fans can’t be lost either. In our previous two wins over the Ibrox side, we have either had half or a tiny percentage of the stadium, so Sunday’s clash will be a new experience for a number of our summer signings.

The likes of Jeremie Frimpong and Christopher Jullien may have played in the Hampden clash earlier this month but the atmosphere will be turned up a notch for Sunday’s game – and it promises to be something spectacular.

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