Celtic’s away support hit with reduced allocation of just 1493 for St Mirren game

As expected St Mirren have reduced the away ticket allocation for Celtic supporters attending their Scottish Premiership match at the The SMiSA Stadium on 17 September.  The Celtic Ticket Office revealed today that the club has received just 1493 from St Mirren for this match.

And the Celtic Ticket Office have now notified the away support  of the reduction and have outlined the criteria for getting a ticket for this game.

Essentially this means that St Mirren will follow Ross County, Kilmarnock and Dundee United in reducing the number of tickets given to Celtic (and presumably theRangers) this season for games that end up having large number of empty seats in the home stands.

Empty seats at Rugby Park after reducing the Celtic allocation by 50%.

If it’s to do with gaining an advantage by reducing the size of the away support it certainly hasn’t worked for Ross County (who subsequently reversed their decision for next midweek’s League Cup match against Celtic in Dingwall) or Kilmarnock while Celtic winning comfortably at both grounds.

It’s a bad look for the Scottish game and it is denying clubs revenue that they’d otherwise have had. When we mention this issue we’re receiving messages from fans of the other clubs who want to keep supporters of the Glasgow giants to a minimum. The Celtic songbook at away games is frequently mentioned, as they are messaging us. That’s their view but is it a better solution to weaken their own clubs financially and weaken the wider product that is Scottish football particularly at a time when the clubs are looking to the SPFL to increase substantially the commercial revenues coming into the game? Or is it a self defeating logic that Ross County have had enough sense to overturn?

Potential commercial partners have no interest in empty seats.

Empty seats at Dingwall during the recent visit from Celtic

Meanwhile Celtic Ticket office have also confirmed that the home match against Livingston on Saturday 10 September has sold out.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

1 Comment

  1. They will be bleating at the end of the season we have no money to buy players and keep the present wage structure while better players will not sign for us as we don’t have enough money to pay their wage demands.Just like snakes and ladders they will go down the slippery slope.