Celtic need to quickly solve QR code issue after Scottish Government announcement

By John McGinley

September 3, 2021

The news that citizens are able to download a QR code proving their double vaccination status will be looked at very closely by Celtic today.

BBC Scotland report that people in Scotland are now able to access a digital or paper QR code that contains information on their Covid-19 vaccination.

Nicola Sturgeon announced plans earlier this week for vaccine passports to be required for anyone attending large scale events, including football matches with over 10,000 people in attendance.

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MSPs are set to vote on the plans next week, but given the SNP have a working majority with the Scottish Greens, it’s likely to go through.

Clearly, this relates to Celtic given all of our matches host far more than that amount of people.

The problem for the club is there is currently no facility at the turnstiles to scan QR codes from smartphones and other devices.

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This has been an issue raised by many supporters in recent months, with other major stadiums in Scotland able to accommodate the technology. The Supporter Liason Officer confirmed Celtic didn’t have the capability earlier this summer.

There are ticket scanners at Celtic Park, but the ones in place scan barcodes and do not work with many handheld devices due to the size and shape of the scanner.

It could well be that Celtic have to quickly install major ticketing facility upgrades at the stadium to avoid major problems with this QR code initiative.

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Other options could include tying people’s vaccination status to client codes and simply continuing to scan season ticket cards.

However, it’s as yet unclear how Celtic will handle it. What we do know is that solutions are quickly needed, with this vaccine passport law expected to be in place by the end of the month.

Information from Celtic will hopefully be quickly forthcoming, so that we’re confident major issues will be prevented.

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