Celtic have already qualified for the knockout phase of the Europa League and are guaranteed to top their group despite whatever happens on the last day. Their opponents, CFR Cluj, cannot afford any slip up if they are to qualify for the knockout stage themselves. As a result, the club have provided Celtic with a very poor allocation for the upcoming game between the two sides.
When Celtic and CFR Cluj meet on the last matchday of the Europa League group stage, in theory Neil Lennon’s side have nothing to play for. But they do have the opportunity to gain some sweet revenge. It was the Romanian side who had sent them out of the Champions League qualification phase earlier this season and now they have the chance to repay them by eliminating them from the Europa League.
Also, the game would mark the end of a memorable Europa League group stage campaign that saw the club top their group while also potentially picking up 16 points, depending on the result against CFR Cluj. As a result, Celtic fans were expected to travel in huge numbers to Romania in order to celebrate a historic European campaign while also looking to extract revenge against the club who had ended their Champions League dreams just a few months back.
But CFR Cluj have only allocated a measly 750 tickets to the Scottish Champions. Their stadium – Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu – has a capacity of 23,500. Thus, it is clearly a tactic on the Romanian’s part to keep the famed Celtic support to as low a number as possible. Neil Lennon’s men though have shown themselves to be superior to Dan Petrescu’s Cluj side in their 2-0 win over them at Celtic Park in the reverse fixture and should have enough in the tank to get a win in Romania.