Celtic SLO says fans should be "ok" for Bayer Leverkusen away day

By Euan Davidson

October 15, 2021

Celtic SLO John Paul Taylor has suggested that fans might be able to head over to Leverkusen to watch the Bhoys in the Europa League.

The Hoops were denied tickets for forthcoming Ferencvaros game in Hungary. Additionally, Real Betis rescinded a ticket offering to fans, which left many travelling supporters – and local businesses – dismayed.

Originally, Celtic said they weren’t sure as to whether fans would be allowed tickets for the Bayer Leverkusen game. The club said in a statement [Celtic FC]:

“The Club are currently awaiting relevant information in relation to the match in Germany against Bayer Leverkusen (November 25) regarding permitted certificates and we will update supporters as soon as possible.

Clearly, at this stage we would continue to advise supporters not to arrange any travel.”

However, there might be a turn in our luck. Bayer Leverkusen host Celtic on the 25th of November, and the Bhoys SLO has hinted there might be some away day action ahead of the Hoops faithful.

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The SLO said [@CelticFCSLO]:

Potentially great news for Celtic supporters then. The imposing BayArena is a must for football enthusiasts, with its formidable atmosphere and beautiful architecture.

With a capacity of 30,000, there should be a chance for plenty of Celtic fans to find seats in one of the Bundesliga’s top venues.

Is Celtic away luck about to change with Bayer Leverkusen tickets?

Celtic’s last European away day – the last sanctioned one at least – was against FC Copenhagen in February 2020 [UEFA Europa League]. Needless to say then, it’s been quite a while.

Therefore, you can imagine Celtic supporters grasping an opportunity like this with both hands. The typically easily negotiable German cities mean access to the football on public transport is definitely doable. Add to that the many Bierhalles of Leverkusen [Tripadvisor] and the great atmosphere of German stadia?

It sounds pretty good to us.

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However, this isn’t confirmation. Not quite yet. With just over a month to go until the game, there’s still plenty of scope for something to go awry yet. But Celtic supporters are surely due an away trip, especially seeing as Leverkusen fans attended the 4-0 battering in Glasgow.

Here’s hoping the SLO is right as ever, and the Bhoys can make new friends overseas.

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