"We don't like Boris Johnson"; Betis fan explains why thousands won't make the trip to Celtic Park
In normal times, Real Betis would have taken huge numbers of travelling supporters to Celtic Park for Thursday’s Europa League clash.
The side from Seville are one of the biggest in Spain in terms of support – and had threatened to bring around 2,500 fans to Glasgow [Scottish Sun].
But tightening COVID restrictions mean Betis will have a fraction of that support at Celtic Park on Thursday night.
Enrique Roldán from Betis Bohemio on Twitter is one of the many fans to be offered a full refund by his club.
And, on today’s video on the 67 Hail Hail YouTube channel, he explained why the journey was no longer feasible for him and so many other Betis fans.
“The thing is that we don’t like Boris Johnson at all,” he said, with a grin.
“We can go to Scotland but we have to stay in our apartment or hotel for two days. For example, today (Tuesday) I’d have to be flying to Scotland.
“That makes the trip impossible for people like me. And if I test positive, I have to stay there for ten days. I think around 3,000 Beticos were planning to go to Scotland. Now I don’t know how many of them there will be.
“There is a Betis fan club in Edinburgh and they will go for sure, but I don’t know about the rest of the people from Sevilla.”
Reduced supports, like for Betis at Celtic Park, have been a hallmark of this group stage campaign
This European group stage campaign has felt strangely familiar after last season’s bizareness.
Early optimism, late heartache, ropey defending. It’s all in the ‘Celtic in Europe’ playbook. The reverse match between Betis and Celtic had all three.
But one thing lacking from matches has been travelling supports. Celtic have only had an official away allocation in Leverkusen, while all three group sides have brought greatly reduced supports to Glasgow.
It’s a shame. But it won’t be the case forever.