Travelling Celtic supporters have back-up plan for Ferencvaros clash

By Euan Davidson

November 2, 2021

Celtic supporters are unlikely to see their beloved Bhoys take on Ferencvaros from within the Groupama Arena on Thursday [Celtic FC].

However, as Betis proved, it’s unlikely to stop supporters heading to Budapest. And, as it turns out, there’ll still be a significant display of support for the Hoops in Hungarian capital.

Leftwing Badges, who organise gigs for Celtic away days, have announced plans to give the team bus a send-off on its way to the Groupama Arena. Evoking Tommy Burns, the group announced there’d be a congregation of fans 10 minutes from where Celtic will do battle in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Celtic had hoped to hear about an away allocation for the Ferencvaros clash today [Celtic FC]. However, at the time of writing, no news has been forthcoming.

Therefore, supporters who had booked flights and accommodation for Budapest needed a back-up plan. This meet-up, at the Ferris Wheel of Budapest [TripAdvisor], seems to be the next best thing to actually getting into Ferencvaros’ ground.

The confusion and delay stems from the EU’s decision to allow UK vaccine passports to be used across Europe. Previously, it had looked as if Celtic fans getting into the Groupama at all was a write-off.

The change in legislation, though, had offered some hope. Clearly, though, as of yet, Hungarian authorities haven’t yet budged on their protocols.

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Celtic supporters’ enthusiasm for Ferencvaros game refuses to be quelled

What a game it’ll be. If Celtic win against Ferencvaros, then it could be a huge step towards European football after Christmas.

At the very least, it would help to ensure Europa Conference qualification. The best case would be that it would act as a springboard for second place in the group.

Having bested the Hungarian champions at home, there’ll be huge expectation on Celtic to deliver a result. Ferencvaros are on good form, however. They’ve racked up 3 clean sheets, scoring 9 goals in their last two games.

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In a hostile arena, with no Celtic supporters in the ground, it could be a big ask. Being buoyed by the sight of gathering Hoops fanatics in central Budapest, though, could lift spirits significantly.

Here’s hoping the Bhoys will see the support they’ve got on Thursday – even if fans won’t be allowed into the ground.

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