Date: 17th April 2019 at 8:08am
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Celtic fans could be next to be hit by a ticket cut for .

The hoops have visited Ayrshire twice this season with 8,000 tickets handed over to away supporters to fill the stands behind both goals.

Yesterday Kilmarnock announced that the Moffat Stand would be for home supporters when Steven Gerrard takes his club to Rugby Park next month with that move unlikely to be a one off.

Killie will mark their 150th anniversary on May 19 with club owner Billy Bowie using that fixture to lure supporters back to Rugby Park on a regular basis.

We have spoken to our own supporters about it and there is a feeling that they are intimidated when the Old Firm sides come to Rugby Park,” he told the Daily Record.

So we have decided what we want to do is create an environment for them on match days where they feel absolutely safe. We want them to feel comfortable bringing their families to any Kilmarnock game and that has not always been the case.

After the last game against one of the Old Firm, we realised this was something that we had to discuss. We have had a lot of talks about it and this is the way we have decided to handle things going forward.

We are creating a fan zone behind the Moffat Stand with a nine aside football pitch and we want Kilmarnock supporters and their families to come along and enjoy the whole matchday experience.

We won’t be able to do that If we are giving that stand away to visiting supporters. So this is the decision we have made. We want to celebrate what our own club has achieved on the last day of the season but this is the model we plan to use going forward.”

Kilmarnock can expect to gross close to £100,000 from the sale of tickets in the Moffat Stand before VAT, Police and stewarding costs are deducted.

While the club is currently riding high there is a lot of speculation around about the future of Steve Clarke.

When the former Liverpool and Chelsea number two came in early last season Killie were close to the bottom of the table but now they are in contention for a Europa League place provided they finish in the top three or if they finish fourth a Celtic win in the Scottish Cup Final would give then a European spot.