Why Motherwell kept Celtic allocation slashed despite no red zone requirements

By David Walton

October 13, 2021

Celtic have given an answer as to why Motherwell have kept the away allocation slashed for Saturday’s trip to Fir Park.

The removal of red zones at Scottish football have allowed clubs to keep supporters in their normal seats, allowing the away section of grounds to be freed up. This means that, from now on, clubs should be able to take full visiting allocations to Scottish Premiership matches as Celtic did at Pittodrie.

However, despite the red zone being removed, Celtic have still had to deal with a cut allocation for this weekend’s game. And today, Celtic’s SLO has explained why that is as the Steelmen are still informing the Hoops that they must access the pitch via the South Stand:

It hasn’t been announced exactly how many tickets Celtic were handed for the North Lanarkshire clash. However, it’s fair to say there will be a substantial cut.

Given the decision was made during the period when red zones were required, there will likely be plenty of space between where the players emerge and the Celtic support, who will be based in other parts of the stand.

The Hoops will be looking to take a big 3 points at the weekend that could see them jump up to third in the Premiership.

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Celtic away days are back with Fir Park the only blot in the foreseeable future

It’s disappointing that a change couldn’t be made on bringing more Celtic fans to Parkhead. Why the Hoops can’t use the regular Fir Park facilities when red zones have been abolished is still unclear. Motherwell certainly haven’t released any public details on it.

It would be interesting to know whether there was scope to amend this. After all, it would hardly have been difficult to hand Celtic some extra tickets. Granted, without knowing the full picture it’s difficult to judge.

It’s certainly odd that Celtic will continue to use the South Stand at Fir Park despite red zones being gone.

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At the very least, this is the last blot Celtic fans will have to deal with before a return to normality away from home. Trips to the likes of Easter Road and Dens Park in the coming weeks will see bigger Hoops attendances return to away venues.

For those not attending on Saturday, the game will still be broadcast live on Motherwell’s official PPV service. It’s the only way to legally watch the game in the UK, with the contest snubbed by Sky Sports.

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