Celtic are reported to be pushing for the return of 7,000 away ticket allocations for the Glasgow derby.
That seems to be the message from a number of media outlets led by the Daily Record.
It is five years since 7,000 Celtic fans celebrated Odsonne Edouard’s winner in the Broomloan Road Stand as the 10 men visitors dealt a fatal blow to Graeme Murty and it seems away allocations.
Celtic won subsequent matches that season 4-0 and 5-0 at Hampden and Celtic Park with the decision to give Celtic fans the same allocation as other SPFL sides taken that summer.
Yesterday news leaked out that the 800 allocations would be reduced to zero for the next two fixtures with that status unlikely to change.
The Record reports:
Celtic are pushing for a return to bumper away crowds in Old Firm clashes for next season – after it was revealed rival punters will be banned from Celtic Park and Ibrox for the remaining two league encounters.
Record Sport understands Parkhead chiefs are adopting an all or nothing stance as they want 7000 away fans back in both grounds from next season – but there is NO CHANCE Rangers bosses will allow the Broomloan Stand to be handed back to the Hoops.
Both clubs have voiced concerns about the safety of supporters in the limited numbers situation with around 800 currently allowed into either stadium.
There have been numerous flashpoints on both sides of the city in clashes since the doors were reopened after covid and the smaller allocations have proved tougher to police than the previous wider access.
Record Sport understands Celtic informed Gers they would not be taking up their allowance for the post split encounter later this season and the Light Blues did likewise with their tickets earmarked for the Celtic Park Premiership encounter on April 5.
The game is on April 8 but the Record has never been known for factual accuracy.
What is the best away ticket allocation for the Glasgow derby?
800- that was what Dave King wanted
Zero- cut to the chase, last February was outstanding
Having no visiting fans should allow Celtic to sell an additional 1,500 tickets for the April 8 match with hoops fans watching the post-split match on Sky Sports.
Unless the SPFL or Sky Sports step in it seems highly unlikely that there will be a way back to visiting supporters attending the fixture.
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