Celtic Criticise Rangers For Ticket Cuts Before Following Suit

Celtic have criticised Rangers’ for Old Firm ticket cuts, after they confirmed they will  also issue just 800 away tickets for the Celtic Park clash between the pair on 2 September.

In the past both clubs have brought around 7,000 fans to each other’s respective ground at Ibrox and Parkhead.

But back in May Rangers made a shock announcement that they will be slashing the allocation for Celtic fans visiting Ibrox for the upcoming season to 900 tickets, as they hailed record season-book numbers.

Celtic have called for talks between themselves, Rangers and Scottish league officials and issued a club statement that read:

“Celtic Football Club has confirmed that it will issue approximately 800 tickets to visiting supporters for the fixture against Rangers at Celtic Park on September 2.

“This mirrors the decision announced recently by Rangers.

“This is not a development we welcome and it is unfortunate that the initial decision came without any form of discussion.

“The previous arrangements worked well for both sets of supporters as well as contributing to the status of the fixture as a sporting occasion.

“Following the unilateral action by Rangers, we cannot allow our own supporters to be doubly penalised, by having access to the away fixture reduced so dramatically, while not being offered the opportunity to maximise our own support at Celtic Park.

“The rules of the SPFL call for ‘reasonable’ provision to be made for visiting supporters, without being specific on numbers.

“Within that context, we would welcome further discussions involving the two clubs and the SPFL.

“Celtic’s decision relates, at this stage, to the match on September 2, 2018.

“Meanwhile, Celtic will closely monitor the implications for crowd management and other factors surrounding these fixtures.

“We will at all times be guided by the interests of our own supporters and the reputation of Scottish football.”