Glasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers have shown that they have made their mark in the Europa League.
The Gers reached the group stage against all odds and the Hoops qualified for the last 32.
New figures released show that the rivals are in the top three supported clubs in the competition.
Not only that, they both rank in the top 20 in the world for attendances.
Celtic are Europa League runners-up
A report compiled by the CIES Football Observatory shows crowd figures for the world’s top clubs.
Unsurprisingly, Celtic and Rangers feature in this report and for positive reasons.
When it comes to the Europa League, the Hoops are the second biggest club with fans through the door and Rangers are third.
This is a fantastic feat competing against other massive clubs in the second competition of European football.
The Celts saw 160,892 fans through the doors at Parkhead while the Gers had 149,340 at Ibrox.
Celtic propping up Scottish league attendances
The report specifically points out that between 2013 and 2018, over 30% of Scottish league attendances came from Celtic fans.
The report finds in that time period that Parkhead’s average attendance was 49,697 – 16th in the world.
Rangers’ number isn’t far behind on 49,054 which is 18th in the world.
As this is over a five year period and for the top leagues only, the numbers only take into account Rangers’ last two years in the Premiership.
Also, it doesn’t acknowledge the three sell-out season ticket numbers and growing attendance average currently experienced at Parkhead.
Nevertheless, it is pleasing to see Scottish clubs still at the pinnacle of world football in some form.
It is a nation which loves its football but isn’t always seen as a positive by many in and out the country.
In years to come, the numbers will rise and will continue to beat other massive clubs.
Celtic and Rangers should use these numbers to push changes in European football where big money clubs thrive.
Failure to do so will continue the growing gap between big clubs and their differing finances.