Copenhagen allocation could mean a scrap for Celtic tickets

By Hamish Carton

December 18, 2019

Celtic fans have become accustomed to having to scrap for tickets in recent months. Virtually every big clash we’ve played has sold out with allocations at the likes of Hampden, Pittodrie and Tynecastle proving to be insufficient to meet demand.

It’s been the same on the continent where we took big numbers to all three of our away Europa League clashes – most notably against Lazio when around 9,000 of the Celtic faithful jetted over to the Italian capital. (Daily Record)

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Circumstances allowed us a vast allocation for that clash in the Stadio Olimpico but they’re not likely to be quite as forgiving when we take on Copenhagen in mid February.

The Danish champions have averaged around 25,000 per match in the competition this season ( but many would expect that to increase for a knockout tie against ourselves.

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Their impressive Telia Parken stadium holds 38,000 and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the stadium was packed for the visit of Neil Lennon’s men. But how many Celtic fans will be in attendance?

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Celtic will be entitled to at least 1900 allocation for Copenhagen clash

UEFA rules dictate that away sides are entitled to at least 5% of the total share of a stadium. That’s why the likes of Rennes and Anderlecht have brought such big supports to Celtic Park in European competition in recent years.

Celtic Supporters Liaison Officer John Paul Taylor recently confirmed that the club would be entitled to at least 5% of the stadium’s share.

That still equates to just 1900 briefs for the match, meaning that a fight for tickets could be on. But Taylor also had some good news for supporters as he recalled a larger allocation when we last visited the Danish capital in 2006.

Despite getting the year of the match wrong, his revelation is a pretty positive one for any Celtic fans planning a trip out to Scandinavia. The difference between 1900 and 2500 Celtic supporters being in the stadium is massive, and will give the team that little bit of extra encouragement on the night.

Hopefully a big allocation is confirmed in due course and as many Celtic fans as possible can get out to the game.