CQN had a brief chat with John Paul Taylor from Celtic regarding the possibility of changes to the away ticket allocation.
The Supporter Liaison Officer, who is held in high esteem among the supporters, provided an informative update on both the current position and how any changes to the away ticket allocation may come about in the future.
John Paul Taylor attended the open meeting on Monday 24 October at St Roch’s Church Hall in Glasgow. He was impressed by both the turnout and the views expressed by those in attendance and will feed this information back to the club.
He has already received a significant number of responses to the initial question as to whether or not there should be changes made to the way away tickets are allocated and feels that there are a number of ideas that are worth bringing to the table when the full consultation begins.
Following on from that John Paul stressed that first and foremost, there is no plan in place at this time to make any changes to the away ticket allocation.
It has been suggested as a possibility but no concrete proposals are in place. Secondly, it certainly looks like there won’t be any changes this season.
As most people are aware the Celtic Trust will be submitting a motion at the AGM to establish a consultative supporter’s forum with the club; the motion has the support of the Board (or the Company as they like to be called).
The full details of the motion can be read HERE.
This forum is regarded by many supporters as the ideal vehicle for looking at and discussing changes such as the away ticket allocation.
On the assumption that this resolution is passed at the AGM and the forum established the first proposed meeting would be February 2017, followed by another meeting in April 2017.
So any proposed changes to away ticket allocation would be discussed at one of these meetings with (one assumes) some consultation with wider support probably taking place; therefore it would be entirely impractical to try and make any changes for the last few away games of this season even if the consultation was completed in time.
The various official supporters associations as well as the independent buses, season ticket holders seeking more away access and the corporate supporters will all have their chance to have their say and can contact the Supporter Liaison Officer at any time to discuss.
CQN are grateful to John Paul for giving us some time and providing this update; we hope to be in a position to build on this and will look to work with John Paul to bring further updates on issues that affect you as supporters of Celtic.