Celtic have announced plans to allocate just 800 tickets for Rangers fans in the first Glasgow derby to be played at Parkhead this season.
The reigning Scottish Premiership champions have taken the step in retaliation for a similar measure announced by their city rivals, who reduced Celtic’s usual allocation from roughly 7,000 to less than 1,000 due to “overwhelming season ticket demand.”
In a statement released on the club website on Friday, Celtic said that they could not allow their fans to suffer at one end, while maintaining the status quo on their own part:
“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.”
The first of this season’s Glasgow derbies will take place at Celtic Park on September 2nd, with the first Ibrox reverse fixture taking place on December 29th.