Report: Celtic to receive answer on fan capacity vs Midtjylland by Thursday

By David Walton

July 14, 2021

Celtic will receive an answer from the Scottish Government on their fan capacity limit for Midtjylland by Thursday, the Scottish Sun reports.

The Sun states that the Hoops are likely to highlight recent Euro 2020 events at Hampden Park and Wembley as proof they should be allowed to accommodate much more than the 2,000 fans allowed in Level 0.

Nicola Sturgeon yesterday revealed Scotland’s next steps in the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic. The First Minister stated that clubs will need to go through a process and apply for larger capacities if they want to go down that route. However, there was nothing on how many fans would be allowed in the door as a maximum total.

The Daily Record reports that Dom McKay was immediately submitting an application to government after Sturgeon’s announcement yesterday. It’s claimed that Celtic have applied for 20,000 to enter the stadium for Midtjylland.

The Record also states that politicians and health chiefs remain nervous about unlocking despite the country continuing to take progressive steps.

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It’s difficult to see this ending in any other way than Celtic being allowed supporters in the door.

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We simply can’t have events like Euro 2020 allowing around 12,000 supporters into Hampden or 60,000 into Wembley whilst shutting out domestic games. That would be grossly unfair and would absolutely stink of favouritism.

For example, the government certainly appeared to take a different tone for the idea of Scotland fans attending the Euros than they have done with domestic football. Clubs have been made to feel like an inconvenience. Or worse, a threat to public health by getting more fans in.

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Yet the Euros come along and all of a sudden fans in Scotland can jump into the national stadium. Where was this level of urgency last season?

Celtic Park hasn’t seen a single fan enter since March 2020. A 5-0 rout of St Mirren was the last time supporters saw their club live.

So when Celtic get their answer by Thursday, it should only come to one conclusion. If Hampden is good enough to allow 12,000 in the door, Parkhead is good enough to better it.

Let’s see what happens, but don’t be surprised if Celtic get a big fan capcity boost for the Midtjylland tie.

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