Parkhead attendance boost couldn't be coming at a better time for Celtic

By David Walton

July 21, 2021

Celtic have today announced a massive boost for supporters hoping to return to Parkhead in the near future.

The club confirmed after a meeting with Glasgow City Council today that bumper crowds will be allowed in our next two home matches.

18,500 people will be allowed to watch the Hoops take on West Ham United on Saturday. In addition to that, an indicative number of 24,500 will be allowed into our next home match after that. That could be against either Dundee on August 7th or a European tie days before that.

And it couldn’t come at a better time for Celtic. After hearing the applause new manager Ange Postecoglou received last night, it struck home just how badly we’ve missed the supporters.

We put in a performance against Midtjylland that was as good as we’ve seen for some time. Don’t let the 1-1 scoreline fool you. It was dominant with a host of chances created.

Parkhead needs the Celtic supporters back; performance levels badly affected without them

We saw last season just how detrimental it was not having fans in the door. Yesterday, our performance level picked up massively. It was a vibrant display and the confidence surrounding the supporters just now shows that.

To have as many as 24,500 fans back for our next home match after West Ham is huge. The scale of the increase shows how quickly we could get back to normality.

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Granted, some will question why there was only 9,000 at last night’s match. After all, it was a bigger game, yet four days later the attendance will be double for a friendly.

But at this stage, we need to take what we can get. We need the fans back to kickstart the Postecoglou reign and start getting some momentum around the place. Something we never had in our 10IAR push last season.

The Celtic supporters are definitely buoyed by today’s news too. We took a look on social media and found plenty of buzzing members of the Hoops faithful:

In other news: West Ham United captain Mark Noble buzzing ahead of “amazing” Celtic Park trip