Reports suggest the Scottish Premiership could provide Newco with a face-saving de-escalation by holding a vote to mandate a fixed percentage of ticket sales for visiting fans. Celtic were permitted 7,000 fans at Ibrox (in what was known as “the Celtic end”) for decades before the drubbings and celebrations became too much for the home fans. Since then, a tit-for-tat process saw Celtic-Newco games reduced to 700 then zero visiting fans.
I’m really looking forward to a sea of green and white when we face Newco on 30 December, but the lack of an appropriately sized visiting allocation skews the competitive edge unnecessarily – Celtic were reduced to a one goal winning margin at Ibrox last month, well below expected standards.
Newco’s predicament is more onerous, as they needed to relocate their ultras group when Celtic arrived with 7,000 fans, adding irritation to an already irritated population. A vote by the Premiership would be a convenient resolution for all.