Celtic support forced into PPV option this week as Sky Sports opt-out of Aberdeen cracker

By John McGinley

February 7, 2022

Celtic supporters will be forced to pay £13.99 to watch this week’s match away to Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership, with Sky Sports choosing to air a round of English Championship fixtures instead.

Celtic and Rangers are in the midst of an exciting title race, with the Bhoys off to Pittodrie for a clash that would have ordinarily been aired on television in seasons gone by.

Unfortunately, Sky Sports aren’t broadcasting any games in Scotland, with viewers set for the ‘majesty’ of Preston North End vs Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers vs Nottingham Forest.

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Celtic fans are used to these PPV options these days. Originally brought in to help clubs during the global pandemic, with fans shut out of stadiums, they have since been used to plug gaps in Sky Sports coverage.

However, again it brings to the fore the cost of football for your ordinary fan. Despite Celtic matches in a season split across three different sports subscription services, that doesn’t even guarantee the ability to see every game.

On multiple occasions this season fans have had to fork out extra for these bespoke PPV streams. While it is a money generator for other clubs in Scotland, it’s not great for Bhoys fans.

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That’s before you even consider the cost of a season ticket and going to the odd away game now and again.

Nonetheless, I’m sure many fans will be paying Aberdeen their £13.99 to tune in on Wednesday night. It’s obviously a can’t miss fixture with Celtic top of the table with 13 games remaining.

We know Ange Postecoglou’s team will be looking to put on a show for fans in attendance at Pittodrie and those at home.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s latest comments on Celtic training at Lennoxtown bode well.