Rangers cut Celtic ticket allocation to 800

Celtic Fans at Ibrox befrore the start of the Old firm Derby. 'Picture Robert Perry. Scotland on Sunday.
Celtic Fans at Ibrox befrore the start of the Old firm Derby. 'Picture Robert Perry. Scotland on Sunday.
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Rangers have reduced the ticket allocation given to Celtic fans by over 6,000 seats after announcing record season ticket renewals.

The Ibrox club will accommodate supporters of the Parkhead club, along with all other opposition fans, in the corner between the Broomloan and Sandy Jardine Stands.

Picture: Sean Bell

Picture: Sean Bell

The club said that over 40,000 fans had renewed their season tickets following the appointment of Steven Gerrard as manager.

A club statement said tickets for the Broomloan Stand would now be offered for sale to new season ticket holders.

Rangers fans have previously petitioned the Rangers board for the removal of rival supporters from the Broomloan Road stand with over 5,000 taking part in a survey.

The poll overwhelmingly backed the cutting of Celtic’s ticket allocation.

A club statement said: “Our supporters will always come first and as many of them as practically possible must be accommodated.

“That is why the Club has decided on an overall increase in the total number of season tickets available to our supporters to what will be a historical record. A further announcement on the final new ticket allocation will shortly be made available on the Club’s website.

“An unfortunate consequence of putting our supporters first is that this increased demand negatively impacts on the number of tickets which will be allocated to visiting teams. This means all visiting fans will now be situated in the corner between the Broomloan and Sandy Jardine Stands.

“We believe that this is the best possible outcome after considering the unprecedented levels of support from Rangers fans.”

Celtic issued a swift response indicating that they will follow suit when Rangers visit Parkhead.

A statement on the Scottish champions’ website read: “An unprecedented double treble and historic season for the club has led to a phenomenal level of demand from supporters to be part of Celtic.

“We are happy to reciprocate in terms of ticket allocation, something which will give us the opportunity to meet this huge demand to visit Celtic Park.”