CELTIC have extended their ban on the Green Brigade which will prevent them from buying tickets for Saturday’s game at Sunderland and the Champions League return with Rosenborg in Trondheim a week tomorrow.

The Parkhead club have already imposed a two-game home suspension on the ultras group for tomorrow night’s first leg against the Norwegians and the Premiership opener against Hearts on August 5.

Celtic have now posted letters warning their supporters their season tickets for the standing section were being “deactivated during a precautionary suspension” period.

The club have taken a hard line stance on the supporters’ group after what they deemed “serious incidents of unsafe behaviour”.

The Hoops hierarchy are still investigating events that took place in the lower part of the standing section during the end of season game against Hearts and last Wednesday night’s Champions League clash against Linfield.

They have ordered the shutdown of the section temporarily, but admitted the club will continue their dialogue with the Green Brigade in a bid to bring about an amicable solution to the dispute.

The letter said: “Unfortunately, due to the events at the Hearts and Linfield matches, the club is not satisfied that the Green Brigade section can be operated safely at this time.

“Given these very serious safety issues, the club has, therefore, decided to issue a precautionary suspension to all season ticket holders in the Green Brigade section.

“The precautionary suspension will apply from the date of this letter.

“The club will continue to investigate the events at the matches in question, to address the issues that arose and to determine what action is required.

“The club wishes to engage with all supporters in the Green Brigade section to re-establish the necessary communication and engagement to permit supporters to be readmitted to the section and for it to be operated safely, in consultation with the Safety Advisory Group.

“If that cannot be achieved, then the club will require to examine other options.”

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