Celtic v Hearts pushed back, Tannadice sell-out, empty seats at Ross County and Kilmarnock

As expected Celtic’s Scottish Premiership match against Hearts at Celtic Park has been pushed back 24 hours to Sunday 21 August, due to the Edinburgh side’s European qualifier on Thursday 18 August.

This alteration obviously causes inconvenience to some supporters who have already made transport arrangements to get to Glasgow on the initial date but as the Celtic SLO John Paul Taylor explained today, there is nothing that the club could do about this and as soon as the Hearts fixture was confirmed by UEFA, Celtic informed the support without delay.

JP was asked the following question by a frustrated fan: “Why has it taken so long for this fixture to be changed when the powers that be have known for over a month that Hearts were playing the Thursday before. Fans that travel always shafted by the SFA.”

His response: “SPFL need to receive confirmation when Hearts Euro Qualifier would be played from UEFA”

Another supporter noted: “This is a total pain. Had arranged everything around a Saturday kick-off now can’t go. Waste of money for a season ticket when games move like this.”


Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident, and supporters must know by now that these changes are always likely to be made to accommodate teams playing in European matches. And well done to Dundee Utd fans who have got behind their team for tonight’s qualifier against AZ Alkmaar at Tannadice, which has now completely sold out despite being live on the BBC.

Celtic’s next two games at Ross County and Kilmarnock are likely to be played in front of sections of empty seats while Celtic fans are denied a reasonable share of tickets that would allow the Scottish Premiership grounds to hit capacity.

Celtic fans in Dingwall in April

Kilmarnock v Celtic, on a plastic pitch with empty stands – through no fault of the Celtic support – live on Sky Sports isn’t the best look for the Scottish game.

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  1. Yet through the season most of these clubs will squealing we have no money to spend or improve our team, this is through their own incompetence in not being able to manage their own ground. Yes there are some supporters who do not want away fans, especially from the Glasgow clubs, but revenue is revenue.

  2. David Keenan on

    Celtic get allocated 4k away tickets, in what way is that not a reasonable share of tickets for an away support?its still one of the largest away allocations in the country. Rugby Park belongs to Kilmarnock and they can do as they want with their stadium.

    • Accept that David, they could play the match with no fans if they liked. The point is that games with empty sections in stands when there is a demand from the away support isn’t a good look for our league. If Kilmarnock or any other team can sell all the hime end tickets, that’s fine. Incidentally the idea that the home team is disadvantaged by a bigger away support was kind of dispelled by Livingston who Celtic couldn’t beat in West Lothian for a long time until the last visit there.