CELTIC should look at ways of giving Aberdeen supporters more tickets for the top of the league clash between the two sides at Celtic Park on March 1st.
On Friday Aberdeen’s request for additional tickets was refused by the Champions, despite Celtic Park’s huge capacity of 60,000.
On Thursday evening Celtic Park will be at capacity for the first time this season when Inter Milan come calling on European duty. However Aberdeen’s visit is likely to see an attendance somewhere around 45,000.
Aberdeen sold out their allocation of 1800 in under 48 hours and were keen to bring additional supporters to Glasgow. In last season’s league cup final, held at Celtic Park, Aberdeen brought over 40,000 supporters to the East End of Glasgow.
Celtic’s reluctance to accommodate the Dons’ request seems to be linked to the decision by Aberdeen to cut Celtic’s away allocation for matches at Pittodrie, although some Celtic supporters have also pointed to recent bad behaviour by the Aberdeen support during recent trips to Celtic Park which has included vile chanting and vandalism.
On Friday CQN Magazine asked the Celtic support ‘should Celtic give Aberdeen more tickets?’
So far 559 supporters responded and here’s what they had to say:
59% agree that Aberdeen should be given more tickets, although a large majority (39%) want this to happen on the condition that Aberdeen restore the Celtic allocation for Pittodrie.
20% don’t attach any conditions to consenting to Aberdeen’s request for more tickets – believing that a bigger away support will create a better atmosphere at the game.
Accordingly a significant 80% do not unconditionally support giving Aberdeen additional tickets.
25% of the Celtic supporters who responded support the view that Celtic have already decided on the allocation for this match and the number of tickets already supplied to Aberdeen is enough.
16% said no to an increased allocation as they believe that the Aberdeen fans have behaved badly in recent visits to Celtic Park.
From this the only way that additional tickets will be heading up to the Pittodrie ticket office is if Aberdeen are prepared to return the favour and restore the Celtic allocation for the next match at Pittodrie.
Will common sense prevail?
The ball is in Aberdeen’s court.