Celtic have announced ticket sale arrangements for the upcoming Champions League clash against Nomme Kalju.
The Estonians visit Glasgow on Wednesday 24th July with the return leg in Tallinn a week later. Demand for home tickets is likely to be high given the importance of the clash, although some fans may stay away going by recent comments.
The club announced ticket prices for the home leg on their website. Unlike the Sarajevo clash, the match will not be free for season ticket holders. Instead they will have to pay £23 for adult tickets, £13 for concessions and £8 for kids.
Tickets are also up for grabs for non-season ticket holders although they will have to pay slightly more. General sale prices are £26, £14 and £9 respectively.
And some Celtic fans haven’t reacted too well to the news of the prices.
£23 is a rip off, Celtic need to start using some common sense.
If we do manage to get to the champions league group stages then over the 8 games we'll have to fork out around£200/£250.
£20 for all qualifying rounds.
— Wulliebhoy70 (@wulliebhoy404) July 18, 2019
£23 for a second round qualifier vs an Estonian team is a joke. Poor show. https://t.co/TQKsjb9L0F
— Kieran (@Kieran_Celtic) July 18, 2019
FLEECING the fans as per usual £23 for this tie 👎 you've made me out CAPS LOCK ON!!!!
— Celtic FC Supporter (@YBawbag) July 18, 2019
Should be 20 quid at most Celtic should give us 2 qualifiers instead of a friendly
— paul the tim (@paulthetim) July 18, 2019
Shameless pricing and god knows what they have in store if we get to the playoffs.
— Franny Donnelly (@franko180) July 18, 2019
Disgusting behaviour by the club again
— stuart mcdade (@stubhoy79) July 18, 2019
Celtic will never learn re their ticket pricing for certain games! £23 for ST holder for next week is scandalous! Get them priced at £15 tops and get the stadium full!
— Daryl (@darylbhoy) July 18, 2019
Have Celtic made a mistake with ticket prices?
Given the short notice before Wednesday’s clash and the apparent backlash at pricing, it does seem highly unlikely that Celtic Park will be full for the Kalju clash.
Last year’s second round home leg against Rosenborg was a great occasion with Celtic Park almost full. The BBC gave the official crowd that night as 51,184 and it’s hard to see the same turnout next Wednesday.
Fans can’t be blamed for picking and choosing games nowadays. Supporting Celtic costs more than ever before with matchday tickets, merchandise and TV subscriptions all contributing to a rising cost.
It’s just one of those things. Hopefully the team aren’t affected too much.