St Mirren considering prospect of cutting Celtic away fan allocation

By David Walton

October 7, 2021

St Mirren are considering the prospect of cutting the away allocation of Celtic and Rangers for future matches in Paisley.

As things stand, the Glasgow sides both get the North and South stands at the Simple Digital Arena. The Buddies have confirmed that this is what Rangers will again receive when they travel to Paisley later this month.

However, a decision-making process over the use of one of the stands is currently ongoing. This is due to the fact St Mirren fans have been left angered at having to move from their seats to accommodate Celtic and Rangers.

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It’s something St Mirren chairman John Needham appears determined to tackle after the upcoming game between Saints and Rangers.

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Speaking via a statement on the St Mirren website, Needham said: “I share the strength of feeling on this issue and have discussed options with my fellow directors which would avoid the need for any of our fans to move from their seats for matches in future. The major hurdle is replacing the income generated which is in the region of £120K for the three guaranteed fixtures each season.

“However, my initial thinking has been well received and I am working on refining the proposals before consulting you, the fans, on whether you would support my idea.”

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St Mirren won’t be the first to cut Celtic allocation

In recent years, Celtic fans have been getting used to this to say the least. Even before the Covid pandemic, we’d already seen our allocation for Ibrox cut from over 6,000 seats to 800.

It’s always difficult to argue against decisions like this. Whilst the Rangers move came across as nothing but sheer pettiness, this feels like a genuinely honest process from St Mirren.

If they genuinely feel a large number of their supporters are being hard done by, they’re entitled to tackle it. Celtic are used to having one-stand away supports in Scotland regardless – such as when they travel to Hearts and Hibs for example.

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St Mirren state that the Tony Fitzpatrick stand [South Stand] is the particular area of the ground in question. But the issue they have to weigh up is whether they could deal with the cut in ticket money they would receive.

The Buddies will hardly fill the stand even for a game against Celtic or Rangers. If they moved to cut the allocation, it would lead to less matchday revenue for two of the biggest paydays of Saints’ season.

We’ll see what comes of this. Given they’ve now acknowledged the issue with supporters, a compromise will likely have to be arranged.

In other news, Kyogo Furuhashi has been blown away by the Celtic supporters