Petty rivals leave Celtic flabbergasted with derby ticket decision

By John McGinley

August 20, 2021

There will be no Celtic fans in attendance at next week’s derby against Rangers at Ibrox, 67 Hail Hail understands.

Our information is that Rangers had room for Celtic supporters and had even printed up tickets to send to the Bhoys.

Those tickets are sitting in the Celtic ticket office right now.

However, because Rangers couldn’t be given cast-iron guarantees on the number of Rangers fans allowed into Celtic Park in January, the Ibrox club have told Celtic these tickets will now not be valid for the upcoming fixture. They have been cancelled.

Celtic weren’t able to confirm January numbers to Rangers due to current red zone restrictions impacting season ticket holders in the Main Stand.

It’s impossible for Celtic to make guarantees because nobody knows what the situation in society will be in January with regards to pandemic protocols.

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Rangers’ stance, as we understand it, is rather petty to say the least.

67 Hail Hail has learned that Celtic had hopes of opening up discussions about larger away derby allocations for both stadiums moving forward. This debacle appears to have pulled the plug on all that, for now.

The situation is rather embarrassing for Scottish football in my opinion. This fixture is best served with both sets of supporters in attendance.

After more than a year of football with no fans in place, is this really the best that the Ibrox club could do?

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