Why Celtic have been left waiting on Champions League crowd decision as Aberdeen get green light

By John McGinley

July 16, 2021

We are just a few days away from Celtic playing FC Midtjylland in the UEFA Champions League and it’s still unknown what size of crowd will be in attendance.

Frustratingly, the club have been left waiting on a final number.

The Daily Record reports this is because it’s Glasgow City Council signing off on the final amount. The Scottish Government are said to have effectively delegated the decision to them.

A source close to the discussions told the paper: “The lack of guidance from the government when it comes to approving increased crowds has created a bit of a vacuum.

“Local authorities are nervous about being left to make the decision on their own. So it’s no great surprise that Celtic are waiting longer than expected for an answer.”

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Despite the unfortunate delay, it’s thought that the final number and Celtic ballot details will be confirmed at some point today.

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They really have to be.

We already know that 2,000 supporters will be inside Celtic Park for tomorrow’s friendly against Preston North End.

Aberdeen decision could pave way for Celtic Park Champions League crowd

Aberdeen have been given the green light for 5,665 fans to attend their match against BK Hacken in the UEFA Conference League next week.

If the same ratio holds, around 15,000 fans could be inside Celtic Park on Tuesday.

However, it’s important to remember that the decision on the Dons was taken by Aberdeen City Council. It is a different local authority with different factors to consider.

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The Pittodrie call won’t necessarily translate completely to any decision from Glasgow.

So, we wait a bit longer. Season ticket holders will be desperate to get back into Celtic Park – I know I am.

The quicker we find out the situation, the better.

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