Five In – Celtic support helps fuel Broony’s busy start to transfer window

Celtic is back in action on Friday 5th July in the first pre-season friendly of the summer down at Somerset Park. The Hoops will take on Scott Brown’s Ayr United as the Championship side officially open their new north stand…

Celtic were initially allocated 3000 tickets by Ayr and these were snapped up almost immediately. And that led to the Ayr United Managing Director, after looking at the uptake from his own supporters, releasing a video to his support explaining that an additional 3000 tickets would be allocated to the Scottish Champions to ensure that a capacity crowd is reached and also to provide Scott Brown with additional funds as the former Celtic captain targets promotion to the Scottish Premiership next season.

Watch the statement from Managing Director, Graeme Mathie regarding the decision on the allocation of the Somerset Road End and remaining section of the North Stand and North Terracing.

Well the Celtic support has certainly done our bit to assist Broony in his endeavours to strengthen his squad with around £50,000 extra now available – and according to the Ayr board member – that’s enough to bring in an additional experienced player in the transfer window. That’s because all the Celtic allocation of 6000 tickets have now sold out!

Scott Brown is seen in the stands prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between Scotland and Norway at Hampden Park on November 19, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hopefully Broony will also have some joy in speaking to Brendan Rodgers about sending a few of the Celtic B team Bhoys down to Somerset Park to gain valuable first team experience at a decent level.

Broony has certainly been busy, already agreeing deals to bring in FIVE new players for next season , the latest being the 21-year-old Romanian midfielder Marco Rus, who has agreed a two-year deal with the ambitious Championship outfit, with Broony being a big factor in him choosing to sign for Ayr.

The former Coventry player told Ayrshire Post: “There was interest from the club in January which didn’t work out back then, but I’m delighted to have got things done now. If you speak to any player, having that knowledge that a club really wants you is a big factor and gave me that confidence in making the move this summer.

“Listening to the manager speak, his ambition is obvious and where he wants to take the club is really exciting. He’s a huge name in the game and he’s already putting together a really strong squad, which I’m thrilled to be part of.

“I’ve already experienced a fair bit but felt it was important to challenge myself with my next move. I had a couple of options to stay down south or abroad but I felt I needed something a bit different and when I spoke to the manager he made me feel really wanted.

Marco Rus has completed a permanent transfer to Ayr Utd from Coventry and could make his debut against Celtic

“It’s important for my career to have a permanent home where I can develop as a player and the next two years gives me that stability. The league is going to be really tight this year with no clear favourite and with the club ambitious to progress, it feels like a really good time to be coming here.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds 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

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