Celtic legend Lubomir Moravcik believes the lack of away fans takes away some of the atmosphere from the Glasgow derby, the Evening Times reports.
Only 800 Hoops fans will attend the game at Ibrox, a far cry from the almost 8,000 Celtic supporters who received tickets for the venue in Moravcik’s time as a player.
Even though the former Hoops midfielder doesn’t like the situation, he feels that it will not have an impact on the Celtic team going into the fixture.
“If you only have 800 rather than 10,000 Celtic supporters there then it takes a bit away from the atmosphere” Moravcik said, as reported by the Evening Times.
“Shouldn’t change their motivation”
“The fans will still be watching it in the bars and in their homes, and for the players, it shouldn’t change their motivation at all.”
It has to be said that Celtic coped with the lack of away fans at Ibrox admirably back in September. The Hoops cruised to a 2-0 victory in front of 800 Celtic supporters.
Players were motivated by lack of away fans
Perhaps the players were extra motivated by the lack of away supporters, to turn in a performance that the few Celtic fans in attendance would be proud of.
Hopefully that happens again when the Hoops return to Ibrox on Sunday. Celtic should play with a confidence and a freedom that comes with being 13 points clear at the top of the league.
There will still be Celtic fans in attendance, even if it is only 800 of them. They deserve to be rewarded with a performance that will see the Hoops all but clinch nine in a row.