There was a collective gasp on social media on Monday as Celtic fans found out how much they’d have to pay for a ticket for Ibrox.
The Hoops take on their rivals in Govan on September 1st at noon. They will once again be backed by a reduced allocation of around 800 inside the 50,000 stadium. Demand means that Hoops fans will have had to have been at 19 domestic away matches last season aswell as Motherwell away this year to stand any chance of getting a ticket.
And if they pass those tests and win one in the ballot then they’ll have to fork out £52 to see their team play.
This is an increase of £3 (or around 6%) from the previous ticket price of £49. It is sure to have been agreed by both sides ahead of the new season. However, this didn’t stop many Hoops fans from turning on their rivals on social media.
£52. Jesus. The same game at hampden in a semi or final would be around half that price.
— James (@jamesh220279) August 19, 2019
£52 for Ibrox, that’s obviously been agreed between both clubs, so out of touch. Christ I pay that every month for my season book🙈
— Chris (@ChrisBB91) August 19, 2019
£52 quid for ibrox must be desperate for money eh
— Stephen Hamill (@StephenHamill93) August 19, 2019
cannot believe ibrox is charging Celtic fans £52 !!!!
I wouldn’t give them the money, acc shocking 🤯🤬
— Katie Matthews (@katiematthews_1) August 19, 2019
I go every week & i will pay it if been successful but 52 pounds is far too much tickets for an Old Firm Game should be no more than 30 pounds
Rangers charging 52 quid for a ticket to ibrox 😂😂😂 incredible
— Ian Dryburgh (@Dryburgh_1990) August 19, 2019
The 52£ will have been agreed with our board. Both clubs milking the over rated fixture for every penny.
— Stephen Boyle (@Stephens_Green) August 19, 2019
How much should Celtic fans be charged for Ibrox?
While £52 seems pretty hefty for 90 minutes of action both clubs will argue that the prices are fair because the tickets will be sold. The truth is that you could probably charge £82 for tickets and both Celtic Park and Ibrox would still be full.
If the demand is there then the clubs will always try to exploit it. There was original outrage when the ticket price hiked to £49 around seven or eight years ago. People weren’t happy at first but then that anger all died down and they paid the going rate.
The same will happen here until the tickets go up further in a few seasons. Unless the price gets ridiculously high the stadium will still be full on matchdays.