Celtic Park is likely to be less than three quarters full for Wednesday’s clash against Nomme Kalju.
The Hoops face the Estonians in the Champions League second qualifying round, first leg this midweek and Parkhead may not be quite as intimidating as originally anticipated.
The Celtic e-Ticketing website shows that plenty of tickets are still up for sale less than 48 hours before the important clash. What’s more concerning is that no tickets are available in the upper rows of stadium – suggesting that those parts haven’t even been opened yet.
It’s hard to put an accurate estimate on how many tickets have been sold thus far, but it does seem like Celtic Park may only be 60-70% full for the clash.
Celtic Park won’t be full for Kalju visit
The low turn-out expected can be attributed to a number of factors.
First of all, the opposition aren’t particularly big. Most Celtic fans will expect the team to see off the Estonian minnows with a bit to spare. They will, therefore, perhaps prefer to keep their hard-earned cash for the later rounds.
Hoops season ticket holders are expected to pay £23 to see Wednesday’s match. With two more rounds potentially on the horizon, plus any group stage package, they can be forgiven for giving this one a miss.
Finally, fans have been given less than a week to sort tickets. At the end of the month, when money is low, that is a quick turnaround.
Could Celtic have added the game to the season ticket?
Of course, Celtic could do little about that final point. But they could have priced the tickets a little lower, or even added them to the season ticket like the Sarajevo game.
In an ideal season we’ll now play four home Champions League qualifiers. That’s one more than used to be the case so surely the club could make the first two both part of the season ticket.
That would ensure Parkhead was packed for Wednesday’s clash and also give something back to the supporters for their loyalty. It would also give us a better chance of qualifying for the next round and getting closer to that group stage jackpot.
Surely that’s what really matters.