UEFA have announced a price cap on away match tickets in both the Champions League and the Europa League.
The governing body of football in Europe made the announcement on their official website, with details of the maximum prices fans will pay.
Visiting supporters in the Champions League will pay no more than €70 (£64) while that figure is €45 (£41) in the Europa League.
That means that any Celtic supporters travelling to any of the upcoming away games against Rennes, Lazio or Cluj won’t pay anymore than £41 for a match ticket.
“Fans are the lifeblood of the game and those who follow their teams to away matches must have access to tickets at a reasonable price, bearing in mind the cost they have already had to incur for their trip,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.
“By capping ticket prices, we want to make sure that away fans can still travel to games and play their part in making the atmosphere inside football stadiums so special.”
The UEFA cap can only be good news
The move is likely to be greeted with enthusiasm from football fans around the continent, including Celtic supporters. Travelling in Europe to watch the Hoops is already expensive enough, with flight operators often looking to take advantage of fans by upping prices.
Hopefully the move convinces some more Celtic fans to go abroad and support the team in one of our three away group games. We take a terrific support pretty much wherever we go on the continent, but sometimes it can be difficult for the ordinary fan to make the trip.
We’ve got three pretty good away days in the competition this year. With the latter two matches not for a few months yet there is more than enough time for fans to sort arrangements.
And if they’re paying £20 less for match tickets then that’s more money that can be spent on beer. That can’t be a bad thing.