CELTIC fans face a frantic ticket scramble for the Europa League Group G match against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany a fortnight tomorrow.
The Hoops have been handed an allocation of only 1,500 briefs for the crucial confrontation at the 30,000-capacity BayArena.
There is massive interest in the game against Jeremie Frimpong and Co with Ange Postecoglou’s men aiming for the sort of result that could set up a winner-takes-all encounter when Real Betis visit Parkhead for the final game in the section on December 9.
Celtic are already guaranteed at least a place in the Conference League following their back-to-back wins over Ferencavros that took them to six points, just one adrift of Maneil Pellegrini’s La Liga outfit.
Despite Leverkusen having poor attendances in Europe, according to Parkhead supporters’ liaison office, only around 1,500 have been allocated to away fans and it appears they could be snapped up before any general sale, according to a report in the Daily Record.
The first round of briefs went to season tickets holders who have attended four or more of the last 16 European away matches.
After that the tickets have been offered to those followers who have made it to three, but Celtic state: “We do not have enough tickets for all season ticket holders who meet this criteria”.
The deadline for those successful in the ballot to buy their tickets is Friday with further sales to take place – if any are left.
It’s a frustrating situation which could see large sections of the BayArena empty with the home supporters staying away. The stadium had only around 15,000 for the match against Real Betis and only 11,000 turned up for the meeting with the Hungarians.