Celtic supporters could be shut out of upcoming derby

By John McGinley

August 14, 2021

Celtic supporters face being locked out of Ibrox for the upcoming derby match away to Rangers. That is despite public social distancing guidelines being relaxed.

The SPFL continue to require red zones for squads and personnel for league matches. That means some Rangers fans will have to be relocated from their normal seats at Ibrox, much like Celtic supporters have been.

That is set to impact Celtic fans, according to The Daily Record. The paper says that despite Dunfermline fans being allowed into Ibrox last night, it will be harder to accommodate visiting Bhoys.

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It’s said it was easier to relocate home supporters last night because the match wasn’t a sell-out.

However, with Ibrox set to be packed for the derby, it’s Celtic fans who could miss out.

No doubt our rivals will relish the opportunity to play Celtic without a single Hoops supporter in attendance. That’s what they’re like.

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Of course, capacity at Ibrox for Celtic supporters has been drastically reduced in recent seasons anyway. So it’s unlikely to make a tangible difference to the atmosphere or challenge facing Ange Postecoglou’s Bhoys.

That challenge is enormous for the team. This is a fixture that’s become increasingly difficult. But it’s also a chance for Postecoglou to show the progress that’s been made from last season already.

If we can perform well against Steven Gerrard’s outfit, we’ll be feeling a lot better about the rest of the season.

It seems the team will be trying to do that in the worst circumstances possible.

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