Charlie Miller calls for Celtic fans' allocation at Ibrox to be restored

By John McGinley

August 28, 2019

Former Rangers star Charlie Miller believes that the allocation for away Celtic fans should be restored at Ibrox for future derbies, The Scotsman report.

Last season, the allocation for visiting supporters both at Ibrox and Celtic Park on derby day was significantly reduced.

Just 800 Celtic supporters are now allowed in when we play away.

It has arguably made the occasion less of a spectacle for neutrals and fans watching on, with the atmosphere of the Glasgow clash famous worldwide previously.

Miller reckons that Rangers were initially correct to reduce the amount of fans turning up in the Broomloan Road end.

However, he now wants to see thousands of Hoops fans at the ground once again.

As quoted by The Scotsman, he explained: “Last year I’d have restricted the fans, 100 per cent because they were too far ahead of us and we were giving them every opportunity to give us a doing in our own stadium, with 7000 of them celebrating behind one goal.

“But this year it’s closer and I’d have given them the Celtic end back, let’s go for it. If Rangers think they’ve come as far as they believe they have, let’s make it a proper derby.”

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Should both clubs change course?

Given the heated rivalry between the two sets of fans, the clubs of course always have to be careful not to add fuel to the fire.

However, having thousands more away fans in each stadium has always given the derby a unique feeling. There’s nothing quite like packing out the away end at Ibrox and watching the Hoops secure a victory.

Massively reducing that has taken something out of the occasion and the clubs should definitely look to bring that atmospheric edge back to proceedings within the grounds.

Miller reckons Rangers took the decision because they were not competitive in the fixture.

Like he suggests, if they really feel they have ‘closed the gap’, why not bring the spectacle back? Celtic would likely quickly follow suit.