Playing the tickets card is one of the weakest deflection tactics available with the fact that no-one would put their name to the claim confirming the weakness of the argument.
There is only one access point for away fans to the Roseburn Stand with Celtic fans with valid match tickets denied access in previous seasons.
With the match live on television the week before Christmas and thousands of empty seats among the home fans there was very few ticketless Celtic fans in Edinburgh last night.
— Stephen Bissett (@stephenbissettt) December 18, 2019
Social media reports suggest that problems started shortly after 7pm which rules out the ‘late surge’ theory despite the claims made to The Sun this afternoon:
A Hearts spokesperson said: “As is commonplace for Category C matches, Hearts officials were in constant dialogue with their Celtic counterparts and Police Scotland when visiting fans entered the stadium prior to last night’s Ladbrokes Premiership fixture at Tynecastle Park.
“At no point were any concerns raised by any party with regards to ingress. When supporters do not allow sufficient time to enter the stadium, nor adhere to the host club’s safety measures, then delays can occur.
“What does not help these situations is stewards’ time being taken up with having to deal with away fans attempting to enter the stadium without a valid match ticket. Where overcrowding did occur, it was down to a large section of the Celtic support failing to comply with stewards’ instructions inside the stadium.
“The decision was taken on safety grounds not to attempt to enforce these supporters in Sections Lower J, K and L to move to their designated seats, and the club would like to thank Police Scotland for their support on this matter and throughout last night’s match.”
Apart from replying to a couple of tweets from the club SLO Celtic have yet to comment on last night’s incidents. Last night’s attendance was given as 17,297.s.