Confirmed: The number of tickets Celtic will give Real Betis for UEL showdown

By David Walton

November 22, 2021

Real Betis have confirmed that they’ll be backed by 2,510 supporters at Celtic Park for our Europa League crunch match in a fortnight.

Betis are due to arrive at Parkhead for matchday 6 of what’s been an enthralling Europa League group so far. The clash could provide Celtic with a glorious opportunity to reach the last-32.

However, it comes after a massively difficult fixture away to Bayer Leverkusen on matchday 5. Betis, meanwhile, will host Ferencvaros. Should they win and Celtic lose in Germany, the La Liga side will go through before we even meet at Parkhead.

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Celtic fans were left shut out of Betis’ stadium on matchday 1. This was due to local Covid restrictions in Andalusia at the time. The Hoops fans were also barred from Ferencvaros’ Groupama Arena on matchday 4 due to Hungarian Covid protocols too.

Celtic decided to hand Ferencvaros under only 300 tickets for their own trip to Parkhead. But Betis will bring a substantially larger support for the clash with over 2.5k arriving to the stadium.

The Hoops will be determined to keep the group alive after Thursday’s round of matches.

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Celtic have every right to fancy it against Real Betis

So Betis will be backed by a strong enough contingent. But it’ll be totally drowned out by what will undoubtedly be a vocal home support regardless of whether we still have a chance in the group or not.

Celtic showed in Spain just how effective they can be going forward. As well as scoring 3 goals, there were also some big missed opportunities on the counter. Let’s not forget that Jota missed a one-v-one that could’ve put us 3-0 up at the time.

Perhaps more impressively, it came at a time when we were without both Callum McGregor and Kyogo Furuhashi. Not to mention we didn’t have a settled defence at that stage either. That’s largely why we shipped 4 goals and lost the game so disappointingly.

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Celtic are in a much better place than they were during that September clash. Ange Postecoglou will fancy taking the game to Betis and blowing them away. It shows the progress we’ve made that we’re saying that about the side sitting 5th in La Liga and managed by Manuel Pellegrini.

It’s going to be a cracker and an opportunity for Celtic to showcase just how good they are regardless of whether we go through or not.

But first, Leverkusen are on the agenda. Let’s see if we have a major surprise up our sleeves before this one.

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