Hearts confirm reduced away allocation is here to stay for travelling Celtic supporters

By Lewis Laird

June 20, 2022

Scottish Premiership side Hearts have confirmed that the travelling Celtic support will once again have a reduced away allocation at Tynecastle next season.

Last campaign, the Edinburgh side implemented a new policy, which reduced the number of away supporters travelling from Glasgow for both Celtic and Rangers.

The move saw the two sides’ allocation reduced by 62%, with the Hoops previously being able to take the entire Roseburn Stand or around 3,396 seats. [Edinburgh News]

However, from the beginning of the 2021/22 campaign, Celtic supporters were given a fraction of that allocation, with the numbers being brought down to 1,289 seats.

This afternoon, Hearts confirmed this would also be the case going into next season, as they opened up the stand to new season ticket holders.

Tickets in the Roseburn Stand would become available for every game, bar the Edinburgh Derby, with the two sides from the capital having an agreement in place regarding away supporters at derby fixtures.

Over the last few years, the away allocation at grounds across the Scottish Premiership has become a much-discussed topic.

The number of travelling Hoops supporters has been cut down at many venues across the country, including St Mirren’s SMiSA Stadium and McDiarmid Park.

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The majority of Celtic fans wouldn’t take issue with having a smaller allocation if the home sides of several SPFL clubs could fill their ground.

Hearts are arguably one of the few sides who would be able to produce a sell-out crowd and have put up some impressive season ticket numbers so far.

However, that regularly isn’t the case for the majority of clubs and it is often common to see more empty seats.

Despite the frustration of having fewer supporters travelling to games, there is no doubt that the faithful Hoops’ support will continue to back Ange Postecoglou’s side and follow the Bhoys across the country.

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