Regarding the Glasgow Rangers v Glasgow Celtic game on the December 29 match at Ibrox, there are fears that the Hoops supporters may no longer be protected properly getting to and from this competitive battle.
The Rangers Board and the new management team decided at the start of the season that the days of giving the Celtic fans a huge advantage of about 12,000 away fans – had to stop.
Celtic only allowed 8,000 Rangers fans into Parkhead, and it was felt that unless the Light Blues would be given substantially more tickets, then they would cut the Hoops allocation to become the same as all the other away sides in the SPFL.
Now we see that chief executive Peter Lawwell is concerned that both sets of the Old Firm fans have to share the same entry and exit routes as the Rangers fans going to this highly explosive match.
He could be right of course, and it could turn out to be a recipe for disaster.
A really worrying bad crush occurred at the last match between the two rivals in the 1-0 win for the home side at Celtic Park, earlier in the season. Celtic are trying to eliminate the same or similar situation happening at Ibrox Park.
Lawwell was quizzed about the Glasgow Celtic supporters’ safety when he appeared at the recent Celtic AGM, and he agreed to look into the possible problem.
This came after both sides of the Glasgow divide decided to cut the away allocation to fewer than 1000 tickets.
Previously Celtic were given the entire Broomloan Stand at Ibrox but now they’re being given the away fans corner, exactly what every other team in the league is allowed.
Lawwell has now stated that the Celtic board will now consider preventing supporters from going to the game, if a proper resolution could not be found.
He said: “It’s a possibility we will decline our ticket allocation. If we can’t guarantee safety of our own support then we will advise them not to go.”