CELTIC fans will be locked OUT of Ibrox for the Premiership game a week on Sunday.

The Hoops hierarchy had expected to receive 700 tickets for the first Glasgow derby of the season, but the oppositon have performed a startling u-turn, according to a report in the Daily Record.

Steven Gerrard’s side have pulled the plug on visiting supporters after claims they couldn’t get solid guarantees the situation would be reversed when the teams meet at Parkhead on January 2 next year.

Celtic were planning for visiting fans in the stadium for the second league encounter, but couldn’t fully commit due to their current red zone protocols. The club insisted they were optimistic of having the restrictions lifted in the forthcoming weeks.

However, it appears the Govan chiefs are not prepared to wait and with talks stalling they have now told their city neighbours no Celtic fans will be allowed into their stadium in nine days’ time.

Celtic bosses have been taken by surprise at the news and had been hopeful of furthering talks about the reinstatement of the previous allocations for away supporters of up to 7,000.

Those proposed discussions now look like going into cold storage.

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