The Celtic support answers the call again with second sell-out in 24 hours; but Celtic Park solution needs to be found

By Hamish Carton

January 18, 2023

Celtic Park will be sold-out again tonight as Ange Postecoglou’s side take on St. Mirren in the Premiership.

Midweek January fixtures may hardly be the most appealing during a long season, so it is a credit to the Hoops support that the game has once again sold-out.

It is also yet more evidence of how invested the entire support are in what’s going on at the club right now.

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The news was announced yesterday by the club, and today they’ve confirmed another sell-out for our game against Aberdeen in a months time.

The games are just the latest in a long line of fixtures this season that have seen all available tickets snapped up.

Yet, looking at the replies to both tweets, it is surprising to see so much negativity.

Under the positive sell-out announcements are a number of replies lamenting the lack of an official resale option.

Despite tonight’s match being a sell-out, the reality is that the midweek winter fixture will see plenty of empty seats.

A system where season ticket holders could resell tickets to fellow match-going supporters would be a win for all parties, including the club who would have Celtic Park as full as possible on matchdays.

We were invited along to Celtic Park for a chat with supporters liaison officer John Paul Taylor in the summer.

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His information on the prospect of a ticket resale option was that the club had spoken about it for a while.

The feeling was that the club were reluctant to do it while every home match wasn’t selling out.

At that stage, around 50% of Celtic Park fixtures were selling out, but now that number seems to be at around 90% or higher.

Given that increase in demand, maybe a solution is just around the corner.

In the meantime, Celtic Park will still be busy enough tonight.

In other news, there are some more strange VAR goings on in the Scottish Cup this weekend