St Mirren to consult on reduction of Celtic away allocation ahead of next season
Scottish Premiership side St Mirren are set to conduct a survey over whether the Celtic support will continue to have two stands on their visits to Paisley.
Currently, the travelling Hoops support is allocated around 3,300 tickets, including the North and South stands of the SMiSA stadium.
However, in recent months St Mirren chairman John Needham has expressed his concerns on behalf of the Buddies fanbase over the current away allocation.
In a statement released this evening regarding season tickets for the 2022/23 season, Needham confirmed that a survey would be taking place amongst ticket holders regarding the future of Celtic and Rangers away allocation in Paisley.
The Buddies chairman also stated that a final decision would be made before the start of next season, confirming if the Hoops support would be cut significantly or remain the same.
He said: “A topic of discussion that we know many fans are passionate about is the retention of our three home stands for all fixtures. I established a Working Group to consider our options and present a paper so the Board could make an informed decision on the best way to proceed for the coming season.
“They delivered a well thought out report, and I want place on record my thanks to the fans involved in the process for their dedication and commitment to considering all of the angles. Essentially, we have a list of potential approaches with various pros and cons.”
Needham continued: “We will be sending the survey to current Season Ticket holders, SMiSA members and fans who have previously registered for tickets by the end of May and look forward to collaborating with you on the best outcome for the club and the fans.
“Once we receive your feedback, we will consider it carefully and announce our final decision before the start of the season.”
Celtic could be set for another allocation cut.
Over the past year, the travelling Celtic support has had its fair share of allocations cut at grounds across Scotland.
Venues including Tynecastle and McDiarmid Park have cut the number of travelling Celtic supporters.
More recently, Dundee United made the same move in the Scottish Cup tie back in February. However, they have since rectified that in the most recent meeting between the two.
St Mirren would become the latest team to cut the travelling away fans of both Glasgow sides, and it appears to be a move they have been keen to make.
If they are able to sell out all three stands on a matchday, then fair play to them.
But, you can’t help but feel this is another mistake financially for the club, with the number of fans Celtic bring on each away matchday.
Hopefully, we are able to receive confirmation in good time ahead of the Premiership return at the end of July.