Report: Decision made on derby allocations ahead of Celtic Park match

By John McGinley

August 19, 2022

Rangers supporters will receive around 900 tickets for the upcoming derby against Celtic at Celtic Park, with Bhoys fans receiving a similar allocation at Ibrox this season.

The Scottish Sun reports a decision has been taken on not increasing the current small crowds for the derbies, despite Celtic being open to exploring the return of a traditional 8,000 or so allocation.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side visit Paradise on September 3rd, having lost two of the last three league meetings between the clubs.

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Rangers infamously first decided to slash Celtic’s Ibrox allocation in 2018. Rather conspicuously, this came after being on the receiving end of several heavy defeats to Brendan Rodgers’ outfit.

Since then, there have been very restricted numbers in the away end of each ground, with sections of supporters on both sides of the rivalry calling for the club to settle differences on the matter.

However, it won’t change this season with the current agreements expected to hold for the New Year, spring and post-split derbies.

Speaking personally, I’m all for a return to larger allocations, even if it isn’t at the full scale level of pre-2018 times.

However, I fully understand Celtic’s position here in terms of matching whatever we get for trips to Govan, ensuring that the Ibrox side has no advantage.

Unfortunately, it seems a compromise couldn’t be reached despite Celtic’s best efforts.

Nonetheless, it will ensure even more Celtic fans are packed into the stadium when they come visiting next month, and they’re sure to create a atmosphere that helps set the tone for a big performance from Ange Postecoglou’s team.

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