Celtic ticket decision for Raith Rovers clash labelled "disappointing"
The decision from Celtic not to allow any Raith Rovers supporters into Parkhead later this month has been labelled “disappointing” by John McGlynn.
The Raith boss will take his team to Parkhead on September 23rd for their Premier Sports Cup clash in Glasgow. Celtic will be heavy favourites to progress, but Rovers will also suffer from the fact they won’t have a single supporter in the stadium.
In all of Celtic’s home matches this season, only Hoops fans have been allowed in attendance. Celtic refused tickets for Dundee, Hearts, and St Mirren before doing the same with the Championship club. This is due to the fact season-ticket holders who have tickets in the “Red Zone” need to be moved into other areas of the stadium – including the away section.
But that hasn’t stopped McGlynn from outlining his own disappointment at the decision.
As quoted by the Courier, he said: “From the fans’ perspective, it’s disappointing. It’s been a while since Rovers have been given that opportunity. Paul [Smith, assistant manager] was telling me about the time Raith went there in 2012.
“I left a few months prior [to become Hearts manager] so didn’t experience it that time we were there. It doesn’t happen too often and I know the fans would have given us real backing in their numbers. It would have been nice for us to have that support, too, and give the supporters the chance to watch us play on that stage.
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“But it’s a decision that has been made out-with our control and we’ll just need to accept that.”
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It’s worth remembering that Celtic fans were also locked out of Tynecastle and Ibrox. Not to mention Real Betis have given us no tickets for tomorrow’s match in Spain despite being allowed to do so.
So this isn’t a case of Celtic being the big bad monster that won’t allow any away fans into the stadium. They’re quite right to look after their own supporters’ interests first and foremost.
Hopefully, the days of the red zones are soon to be over. Celtic’s Supporter Liason Officer told a supporter yesterday that there is now only a small number of red zone seats for UEFA matches. Hopefully, we’ll soon see a reduction in domestic matches too.
It’s just a shame that away fans are still generally locked out of certain venues. It diminishes the game. Visiting supporters always add an entertaining element to a football match. Hopefully, we’re not too far from inviting them back to Glasgow.
Celtic fans will bag their first away day of the season this weekend when the Hoops travel to Livingston.