Livingston confirm Celtic allocation for Tony Macaroni Arena clash

By David Walton

September 6, 2021

Livingston have confirmed that they have been granted a full capacity stadium for their upcoming clash with Celtic on September 19th.

Ange Postecoglou’s side travel to West Lothian after their upcoming games against Ross County and Real Betis respectively. So far this season, all of our away matches have come and gone without Celtic supporters present.

But Livingston have today stated that they’ve already been in contact with Celtic and sent an allocation away to the Bhoys.

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This means that Celtic fans will finally get to support their side at a domestic away match for the first time since a 2-2 draw with Livingston back in March 2020.

The Tony Macaroni Arena holds a capacity of 9,512. However, they only tend to average around a few thousand at best when it comes to their own supporters [Transfermarkt].

In the past, Celtic have often been granted the North, East, and South stands at Almondvale. But it remains to be seen how potential red zones affect the seating arrangements for this one.

Celtic fans finally get to watch their side as Livingston provide allocation

First off, credit to Livingston for getting this one granted for a full capacity. Yes, it was done through financial incentive. It’s not as if the West Lothian club has done this out of the good of their hearts. But it’s still a great move for Celtic supporters.

Even whilst just having fans at away games has been a great buzz, we’ve still missed having our own fans. It’s been clear in the results we’ve had so far that we’ve missed them too.

Celtic have played two domestic matches away from home this season and lost them both. Having some of our own supporters there to cheer the Bhoys on would’ve given us a big boost in both. Imagine a tier of Celtic fans roaring Ange Postecoglou’s team at Tynecastle on opening day – brilliant.

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Unfortunately it’s come a bit too late for the Hearts and Rangers fixtures. But having some Celtic fans at away venues moving forward would be a big positive.

It remains to be see which clubs follow Livingston’s lead and provide Celtic supporters with tickets. Celtic, of course, have also still to let visiting fans make the trip to Celtic Park this season.

The sooner we can get back on track and start giving visiting teams their usual allocation, the quicker we can get back to normality. Livingston appear to be on the right track in that regard.

In other news, Celtic loanee Barry Coffey named Cork City Player of the Month