Peter Lawwell says Celtic might not accept the club’s allocation for Ibrox in December.

The Celtic CEO would rightly be lambasted by the fans for carrying out such an idea.

The news came during Celtic’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Parkhead yesterday, reported by the Scottish Sun.

Other issues such as fan chanting and financial matters were discussed between shareholders and board members.

Why is there controversy?

This season, Rangers said they were rewarding fan support by extending season ticket sales beyond the usual limit given to Celtic fans for Glasgow Derby fixtures.

Celtic called their rival’s bluff by doing the same for their fans, leaving the Gers with a reduced allocation for the first game at Parkhead this season.

Small Rangers contingent at Celtic Park after ticket reduction (Photo by BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Both fans have been up in arms over the decisions as the match becomes less of a spectacle.

Celtic are yet to confirm whether they will take their lower number for Ibrox in December.

In quotes reported by the Scottish Sun, Lawwell said: “I wouldn’t discount that possibility but we need to find out a little bit more.

“If we definitely feel it is an unsafe environment that would be a strong recommendation and we may not take tickets.”

Decision will lie with supporters

It will be the fans associations across the country who will decide as a collective if Celtic take tickets.

Lawwell will merely be a vehicle for that decision but will definitely be influential.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He will also be the one baring the brunt if the majority of fans want to go.

The refusal of tickets would be embarrassing and surrendering to Rangers – a complete no no.

Dave King has manufactured this to win support from his fans – Celtic refusing would just be another defeat.

Dave King started ticket controversy in the summer to win dwindling fan support. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A vocal minority will want to back the Bhoys at Ibrox no matter the number or circumstance.

The last time Celtic fans weren’t at Ibrox was 1994 due to a ban from David Murray.

That match ended in a draw, and fans will hope history doesn’t repeat itself.

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