Celtic supporter group call out absurd ticket situation; strange sight this Wednesday

By John McGinley

January 24, 2022

Celtic supporters group Celtic Shared have called out the increasingly absurd ticketing situation in Scottish football, impacting matches at Tynecastle, Celtic Park and Ibrox.

Ange Postecoglou’s Bhoys visit the old Edinburgh stadium on Wednesday night in front of what should be a full house. However, half of the Roseburn Stand looks set to stand almost empty.

Hearts took the decision to give Celtic a reduced ticket allocation and attempt to sell the seats to home fans. However, it looks like many, many tickets remain, meaning the home club are missing out on ticket revenue, Celtic supporters are missing out on tickets and Scottish football is missing out on atmosphere live on TV.

Celtic Shared said on social media today: “What Scottish football sometimes lacked in quality, it more than made up for in rivalry and intensity. Over the next couple of weeks, two of the biggest fixtures in the calendar will become a shadow of the spectacle they should be due to ongoing ticket disputes between clubs.

“Two days before the match, half of the Roseburn Stand which would ordinarily fully house a vocal Celtic support remains sparse while away supporters desperately try to source tickets. This is hot on the heels of the decision by our own club to allocate Hearts 900 tickets last month.

“Next week’s Glasgow derby will have no away fans whatsoever; a ticket spat that began when Rangers FC spat the dummy over repeated humblings in front of full stand of Celtic supporters. As a result, away fans at both clubs have lost out and the spectacle has been hugely impacted.

“It’s about time all clubs got around the table and put differences aside in the interests of the people who sustain it and for the good of the game here in Scotland as a product.”

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This is spot on for me. Although there are degrees of blame here, ultimately the onus is on every single club involved to reach out and fix this, Celtic included.

Denying away fans entry only for the seats to lie empty is petty in the extreme.

The derby is a slightly different situation and some of our own fans don’t want Rangers supporters anywhere near Celtic Park, but it works both ways and the fixture benefits from the atmosphere created.

It’s time to open discussions and do the best thing for Scottish football fans.

In other news, Irish striker lauds Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart for “changing the game massively” at Alloa.