Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted that the recent decision by UEFA to close sections of Lazio’s stadium ahead of Celtic’s trip there next month has taken a bit of a shine off Celtic’s visit to Rome.

Four sections of the Stadio Olimpico will be closed after fans were found guilty of racist behaviour during the Europa League qualifier against Rennes.

However, Lennon is pleased though that the partial closure does not affect the 9,000 Celtic fans who will be travelling to the game. He is also pleased that UEFA are getting to grips with the problems in the game overall.


“A glamour game”

(Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

“It’s great for our fans that they can get in, it just takes a bit of gloss off it because it’s a glamour game for us as you are going to Rome to play in the Olympic Stadium” he said, as reported by the Herald.

“It’s distasteful all the stuff that is going on. I think the players would rather a full house, but whatever crowd is there, we are going to get good backing and I expect it to be a high-quality game.”

Large Hoops support will descend on Rome

(Photo by Mark Runnacles – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The fact that Celtic will be backed by such a strong support can only be a good thing for the Hoops. It would have been a real letdown for the Hoops support if the match had to be played behind closed doors.

Subscribe to 67 Hail Hail TV now

But the Celtic fans will be there in numbers, and that will be a boost to the Hoops team which lines up to take on Lazio.

Hopefully Celtic will be heading into the game on the verge of qualification for the last 32 of the Europa League. Having a 9,000 strong Hoops support in Rome can only give the team encouragement of achieving that goal.

Have something to tell us about this article?