Report: Celtic in discussions to host 18,000 supporters against FC Midtjylland

By Euan Davidson

July 13, 2021

Celtic are in discussions with Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government to raise attendance to 18,000 supporters for next Tuesday’s meeting with FC Midtjylland, according to STV.

The Bhoys had been told that a capacity of 2,000 was the upper limit for matches at this point. Certainly, that’s the number of fans who were to be let into Paradise for our friendly with Preston North End on Saturday [Glasgow Times].

However, after Nicola Sturgeon’s announcements today, and with Scotland entering Level 0 of Covid-19 restrictions from Monday [Scottish Government], there could be wiggle room for Celtic.

Fans were left aghast by the logic gap between club football and international football, as well as rugby. Murrayfield hosted a British and Irish Lions match for 16,500 attendees in May [The Stadium Business]. Hampden was given approval for 12,000 to attend Scotland’s matches in Euro 2020 [BBC].

If it can be done, it’s a massive boost for Celtic and Scottish football in general. Obviously, for the Bhoys players and new manager Ange Postecoglou, a home crowd would be a significant help.

For the game in Scotland more generally, it sets a precedent. If 18,000 supporters are allowed in, it means the Government and the SFA will need to be consistent in terms of managing attendances at matches.

Celtic supporters to make noise for the Bhoys against FC Midtjylland?

What a treat it would be to be back at Paradise.

Certainly, 2,000 lucky attendees will be in first, with Preston North End coming up the road for a friendly. However, Champions League Qualifiers, Postecoglou’s first game, a new captain and some new players? It’s a game everyone would want a ticket for.

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The importance here, though, is safety. This has to be done to the strictest protocols, with minimal cases, otherwise it could set Scottish football back further.

From Celtic’s point of view, it’s a huge undertaking. However, the club will have been preparing for this occurrence for months, and fans have to be assured that they’re not at any risk by attending the game.

If it happens, excellent. If it happens without a hitch, even better. Either way, it’s a sign of some progress in terms of getting fans back into stadia.

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