Pittodrie development proves Aberdeen must change Celtic stance

By Hamish Carton

March 11, 2020

Celtic must ask the allocation question of Aberdeen after the Pittodrie club announced a partial stadium closure for the entirety of next season.

Neil Lennon’s men have already ventured to the stadium twice this season – but could be asked to trek a third time post split.

STV report that the Dons will shut the upper tier of the vast Richard Donald Stand next year, reducing the capacity of Pittodrie to 15,500.

While the reason being given for the move is improving the Pittodrie atmosphere, it is a clear result of the Dons being unable to even nearly sell out their stadium on matchdays.

Neil Lennon celebrates at Pittodrie (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Vast swathes of empty seats have been visible in both of our wins up north this campaign, with the Hoops support selling out their small allocation.

Celtic should be entitled to bigger Pittodrie share

In July, the Dons slashed our Pittodrie allocation from 2088 to 1622 (Evening Express, 2019) citing “incidents of unacceptable conduct”.

That news came five years after they initially reduced our vast 3500 allocation at the stadium. (Evening Express, 2014)

Celtic fans party at Pittodrie (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Given that just 14,000 fans were in attendance at our recent February meeting (BBC) you kind of feel the Celtic support are getting treated unfairly here.

Of course what Aberdeen do in their own stadium is up to them.

But the fact they have actively closed a part of their stadium, while thousands of Celtic fans won’t be able to get tickets next season can only be seen as a real slap in the face to our support.

Pittodrie in the sunshine (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

You would have assumed Celtic would already have campaigned for a greater allocation at Pittodrie.

But this new development should give them extra ammunition to go after Aberdeen and a demand a fairer share for our supporters.

The Dons were happy to take the money of 3500 fans not so long ago.

Maybe they should remember back to those times.

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