Date: 5th November 2019 at 6:09am
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Celtic have issued a hard-hitting statement to the thousands of fans preparing to head to Rome.

An official allocation of 9,000 tickets could be swelled by another couple of thousands as supporters take a break from the usual trips to Barcelona and Milan to visit the Italian capital.

Many fans travel with little more than a pair of jeans supplemented by a couple of Celtic shirts and a few changes of underwear but the club has warned supporters to cover up their colours.

In a travel update on the Celtic website they state:

Stay in large groups where possible.

Keep a low profile whilst in the city particularly in the evening.

Avoid wearing club colours whilst walking around the city particularly in the evening.

A major part of a European trip is generally mingling with other fans, enjoying some local drinks and singing Celtic songs in a gathering point. For this trip that seems out of the question.

With over 10,000 fans expected in the city on Thursday afternoon it’s hard to imagine how they will occupy themselves without that tradition.

Celtic fly into Rome on Wednesday sitting at the top of Europa League Group E knowing that a win over Lazio will put them into the knock out phase in February.

Neil Lennon’s side are four points better off at the halfway stage than they were last season when they qualified for the last 32 before being knocked out by Valencia.