Celtic hope to bring in around 25,000 for their first home game in the Scottish Premiership

Celtic are hoping to allow around 25,000 supporters into Parkhead on 7 August for their first home game in the Scottish Premiership against Dundee…

  • Celtic is in talks with the city council about a larger turnout
  • About 25,000 supporters will head to Parkhead for the home game in Dundee
  • The figure will be a significant increase from the 9,000 crowd against Midtjylland
  • With Covid-19 measures eased, 18,500 fans will watch the West Ham friendly match wedstrijd

Celtic hope to welcome some 25,000 supporters to Parkhead next month for their Scottish Premiership game against Dundee.

A total of 9,000 spectators were allowed in for the 1-1 draw with Midtjylland in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier on Tuesday.

And now that the club is in talks with the city council, there is now the ambition to have the stadium with 60,000 capacity by 7 August for just under half.

Celtic hope to welcome just under 25,000 supporters for their game against Dundee

Celtic have said they are “encouraged by the indicative figure of around 24,500 for the next home game”.

Attendance will be increased again to 18,500 for Saturday’s friendly against West Ham after a meeting with the local Safety Advisory Group.

A statement from the club said: “We were delighted to have our supporters with us last night for the game against FC Midtjylland, and we are really looking forward to welcoming our fans again for the game next Saturday.

About 9,000 spectators were in Celtic Park for the Champions League match with FC Midtjylland

About 9,000 spectators were in Celtic Park for the Champions League match with FC Midtjylland

“We can assure our supporters that we will do everything we can to work closely with the relevant authorities and welcome our fans in even greater numbers in the coming weeks.

“Details on the West Ham United match ticket draw will be shared in the next 24 hours, but in the meantime we ask that you remain familiar with our new protocols for limited capacity matches at Celtic Park.

“We want nothing more than to welcome as many fans as possible back to the stadium as soon as possible, so we appreciate your patience as we continue to work behind the scenes to make that possible.”

Scotland’s Covid-19 restrictions were eased on Monday, gradually ramping up crowds at sporting events.

Celtic is in talks with the city council and the security group about an increased turnout

Celtic is in talks with the city council and the security group about an increased turnout

Rangers have been given the go-ahead to have 17,000 supporters for their season opener against Livingston on July 31.

The numbers are a marked improvement from capacity earlier this month, with just 2,000 spectators watching Celtic’s friendly against Preston recently.

They will try to come back from the draw with Midtjylland, forcing them to do everything they can to qualify for the Champions League proper.

Evander’s free kick in the second half canceled Liel Abada’s opener to deny new boss Ange Postecoglou a winning start, and he was happy to take the blame.

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou blamed for 1-1 draw against Midtjylland

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou blamed for 1-1 draw against Midtjylland

“I am confident that we will go there tonight and put in a good performance. I can’t ask anything more from the players,” Postecoglou said.

“Sometimes the result belies the facts before you. In eight days we will no doubt be better prepared.

“Actually, I don’t think we’ll ever be as ill-prepared as tonight and it’s up to me to go into such an important game.

‘We still have eight days. I am confident that with the preparation and spirit we have, we will put in a good performance. It’s mine.’

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