Celtic defender Christopher Jullien was left stunned when he heard about the amount of season ticket renewals ahead of the coming campaign, The Daily Record reports.
The paper reports that over 50,000 supporters have already committed their cash to season tickets despite nobody knowing when matches will be played in front of crowds.
The Scottish Premiership campaign will kick-off behind closed doors, with only official online streams available to ticket holders for home matches.
However, that hasn’t stopped fans signing up to a campaign that could result in in a tenth successive league title won, breaking the Scottish record set by Jock Stein’s legendary side in the 1960s and 70s.
When Jullien heard about the numbers, he was gobsmacked, telling The Daily Record: “When I saw the sales of the season-tickets, I thought this is crazy. This is huge. And we are going to give everything to pay them back.
“Playing without fans is going to take concentration, but the team has shown me we are going to have the strength to do that. We are all focused on the field and concentrate on our jobs and I know the situation because I have already faced it in France one time.
“I was playing a two-legged game with Toulouse. We played the first game behind closed doors at a different stadium and the motivation in the first five or 10 minutes was the most difficult part, but when you get that everything is normal.
“When you are focused, you play your game and it is going to be good. We are going to get through and just wait for the days until we get the supporters back.”
Jullien had a stellar first season at the Hoops, scoring crucial goals against Lazio and Rangers while forming a tight partnership with Kristoffer Ajer.
He’s also adjusted well to Neil Lennon’s three-man defence and the hope will be that the best is yet to come from the Frenchman.
The 27-year-old sounds committed to the cause and as eager as ever to impress fans.
He’s already a popular figure with many and if he can replicate his debut campaign and help push us towards ten-in-a-row he’ll go down as a club legend.