John Hartson rips into Celtic rivals on Twitter over Glasgow derby ticket allocation

By David Walton

March 22, 2022

Celtic great John Hartson has torn into Rangers on Twitter after the news that the Hoops were in possession of 700 away tickets for Ibrox.

Fans look set to be allowed back into Glasgow derby fixtures once more after a tit-for-tat at the start of the season. Rangers refused to give Celtic tickets for Ibrox back in August as the Hoops couldn’t guarantee our rivals Parkhead briefs due to the ongoing Covid situation. This led to Rangers getting battered 3-0 at Celtic Park as they melted under the intense Parkhead cauldron.

However, the Herald reported earlier this week that Celtic are in possession of around 700 tickets for the fixture in 2 weeks. As of yet, these tickets have still to go on sale and it remains to be seen if they do. But Hartson has made his thoughts on the matter absolutely clear as he took to Twitter to take aim at Rangers:

Celtic have taken up 700 tickets at Ibrox stretching back to the 2018/19 campaign. Rangers decided back then to slash our usual 7,000 allocation due to consistently being shown up in derby matches.

Celtic retaliated by doing the same for Rangers at Parkhead. However, the Hoops have always maintained that they’re open to discussions with our rivals to try and get the fixture back to normality [Scottish Sun].

As recently as February, Ibrox Managing Director Stewart Robertson stated he can’t see the situation changing anytime soon [Sky Sports].

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John Hartson speaks for many Celtic supporters who have had enough

This seems to be a popular opinion amongst the Celtic support. The Hoops fans have had a taste of a Celtic Park without Rangers fans, and it seems as though its whetted the appetite for more.

Something has been lost in this fixture since Rangers made their petty move in 2018. But it’s their stubbornness to even acknowledge or rectify it that makes it even more bemusing. It was done for no reason other than to try and play to the gallery after consistently being battered on their own turf.

You would’ve thought after they started getting some results in this fixture again that they would be ready to go back to normal. But it appears they simply don’t have the confidence in themselves to do so.

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It looks as though the Celtic supporters have had enough of this. You can understand why. Whilst it will be an incredible day out for the 700, you can see why the bigger picture is important for some.

There’s a clear desire to have no Rangers at Parkhead as opposed to only having 700 Hoops supporters at Ibrox. Especially given how easily our rivals caved in Glasgow’s East End back in February.

It remains to be seen if a long-term resolution can be found. But we should hardly count on it.

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