Readers of Celtic Quick News will know that our club has not been out of debt since Fergus gathered up our cash in 1994 and set about building the new stadium. 19 years later, with the mad arms race which consumed Scottish football over, we stand on the verge of coming out of debt.
The full consequences of this will not be known for years to come but the first material benefit is the £100 discount per season ticket Celtic announced today. We’re no longer in debt, we can team-build in a measured and sustainable manner, and with Champions League money in the bank, Celtic have cut prices.
I know season ticket holders who missed out on the Barcelona, Spartak and Benfica games as, on top of everything else, they could not afford Champions League tickets. If we get back to the group stage next season, supporters will be able to buy their season tickets and Champions League group tickets for less money than they paid for SPL tickets this season.
The return of the £50 under-13 ticket is also very welcome, along with a tiered level for older children. With so many competing distractions, it is important that we bring as many young people into our community as possible.
Peter Lawwell’s comments underline the importance of bums on seats to everything that happens at Celtic, “The backing of our fans has, as ever, been crucial. Domestically and in Europe they have once again been right with us and we felt it important that we rewarded their commitment by making this gesture”.
More welcome good news for the Champions.
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