Celtic don't deserve stick for putting their own fans ahead of the opposition

By David Walton

August 17, 2021

Celtic have again made the decision to lockout away fans this Saturday, and for some reason the Ibrox support have been left hilariously enraged with it.

Indeed, Celtic won’t allow St Mirren fans to enter Parkhead for Saturday’s Premiership game. The reason being that the Hoops need to move supporters based in the main stand into areas normally occupied by the away support.

St Mirren confirmed this yesterday afternoon. It comes after Celtic also kept out the Hearts supporters for their Premier Sports Cup match on Sunday. The need to move season-ticket holders based in the main stand is the sole purpose of the decision.

Yes, some will argue that there weren’t many Celtic fans in the away end against Hearts. However, there was still enough to warrant the decision. Would we honestly be satisfied knowing that even a handful of Celtic supporters had been shut out in favour of some away fans?

It’s extremely unfair on the Celtic fans who have to miss out despite splashing money on season tickets. Therefore, the decision makes sense given the main stand continues to be a red zone.

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Funnily enough, there was more anger towards the St Mirren announcement from Rangers fans more than anyone else. Whilst some Buddies supporters weren’t happy, it was the Govan side’s support that dominated the feedback.

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For what reason, goodness only knows. But it’s not a decision Celtic should be criticised for. Whilst it will frustrate visiting fans to Parkhead, the Hoops have nothing to be sorry about.

The same could even happen to Celtic fans when they travel to Ibrox. They also have a red zone, and given they’ll likely sell out the derby, don’t be surprised if we’re also locked out. That’s fine. That’s simply what needs to happen as clubs back their own supporters.

But there’s no reason to make this out to be a bigger deal than it actually is. As soon as red zones are removed from football, Celtic and everyone else will welcome visiting supporters.

Even so, the Rangers fans simply couldn’t hide their rage as they hilariously got themselves involved in a decision that has no affect on them:

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