James Bisgrove asked about Celtic derby tickets as Kris Boyd attempts to muddy the waters

By Hamish Carton

May 25, 2023

Rangers chief executive James Bisgrove has been speaking about the Celtic derby ticket shambles in an interview with Kris Boyd.

The pair were together for a pre-recorded chat which Sky Sports aired in their pre Rangers vs Hearts coverage on Wednesday night.

They spoke about a number of issues before Boyd inevitably brought up Celtic, with a string of questions following.

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He asked about relations between Bisgrove and Celtic chief executive Michael Nicholson before turning to derby ticket allocations.

Bisgrove confirmed that the maximum number of tickets Celtic would receive for Ibrox next season would be “700 or 800”.

“I think everyone connected with Celtic think it’s Rangers and everyone connected with Rangers think it’s Celtic”, replied Boyd.

“There are obviously other parties in the middle contributing to the 7 or 8,000 fans not being allowed to come to the grounds.

“You’re exactly right, Kris” was the response from Bisgrove. (Sky Sports Football, 24 May, around 7:10pm)

While the issue of allocations is no doubt now a complex one for the Ibrox side, given their season tickets obligations, it is disappointing to hear this portrayed as a problem created by both sides.

The issue is very clear, despite Boyd trying to muddy the waters.

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As we reported in March, Celtic want a return to the old allocations. It is Rangers who are not keen to play ball.

As we understand it, that has been the case throughout. It was Rangers who started all of this by spitting the dummy out after four Ibrox derby defeats in a row.

Celtic have been consistent on this and it’s extremely unfair to suggest that the issue is of our doing in any way.

Boyd must surely know these facts.

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