Chris Sutton throws weight behind Celtic plan to increase Parkhead attendance

By David Walton

July 14, 2021

Chris Sutton has backed Celtic in their bid to bring a higher level of attendance to Parkhead for next week’s UCL qualifier against Midtjylland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a statement yesterday confirming that, in level 0, only 2,000 fans will be allowed into football grounds [Daily Record]. That’s despite the fact Hampden saw 12,000 Scotland fans at the Euros.

The Daily Record has since reported that Celtic CEO Dom McKay has sent an application away to get 20,000 into Parkhead for next week’s qualifier. Clubs in Scotland must go through an application process in order to have increased capacity levels accepted.

And Sutton has been giving his reaction to the news. Unsurprisingly, he moved to back the club after what’s been going on around the UK this summer:

Chris Sutton becomes first figure to publicly back Celtic

Celtic of course aren’t the only club who have looked to apply for increased attendances. Aberdeen, for example, are looking to bring in 8,200 supporters for their Europa League qualifier next Thursday [Press and Journal].

And this could be something we see regularly before August 10th. Any clubs in Scotland who want to have a attendance of more than 2,000 need to go through the process. It remains to be seen how stringent it is.

From August 10th, clubs are able to host capacity crowds with legal limits on Covid to be removed. However, given the situation at the moment and the urge from government to have low numbers of crowds at events, you can easily see that being changed.

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Before then, there shouldn’t be anything stopping clubs from hosting big crowds. Tennis, snooker, and indeed football have seen major crowds aross the UK in recent months, including in Scotland.

Why there would be a sudden panic for domestic clubs to bring more supporters in is anyone’s guess. Should the government start rejecting these applications regularly, it won’t look good considering the summer we’ve had with regards to other events.

So fingers crossed we manage to get the application approved. Sutton and many others will certainly be backing the Hoops.

In other news: REPORT: Boli Bolingoli not fit enough to return for Celtic ahead of Bristol City friendly