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Old firm away fans: Rangers chief outlines what changes are coming

For more than a year now, there have been no old firm away fans at matches between Rangers and Celtic due to security reasons. However, from next season, away fans will return to old firm derbies in a much-needed boost to the fixture.

Senior figures in Scottish football determined that as a starting point, both clubs would be given a 5% away allocation for the fixture. This means that 3,000 Rangers fans will be able to attend old firm matches at Celtic Park next season and 2,500 Celtic fans will be able to attend at Ibrox.

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Rangers fans will return to Celtic Park next season and Celtic fans will return to Ibrox – Photo by Icon Sport

At the time, the SPFL said: “Following engagement with both clubs, the SPFL is pleased to confirm that Rangers FC and Celtic FC will provide ticket allocations of around 5% for away supporters, for SPFL matches between the two clubs.

“This will be effective from Scottish Premiership season 2024/25, subject to all necessary requirements being satisfied at both Ibrox and Celtic Park.

James Bisgrove looks forward to the return of old firm away fans

Speaking ahead of the return of Celtic away ends at Ibrox, Rangers Chief Executive James Bisgrove has opened up on some of the measures that he and his opposite number at Celtic, Michael Nicholson, have undertaken to ensure things go smoothly.

Speaking at a fan's forum, Bisgrove said:

“One of the reasons zero has been the number at the last two Old Firm games is that both clubs need modifications to their stadiums. We will make adjustments to turnstiles, and Parkhead will make modifications to ingress and egress to improve the supporter experience. Time has been taken to get it right for next season

“Feedback suggests our away support experience is sub-optimal and we hope to get improvement on that with the 5% allocation we will receive at Parkhead.”

“In terms of atmosphere and for the spectacle of the fixture, it's a positive step forward. However I would like to put on record again that this Board would never go beyond 5%, ie the full Broomloan Stand.

“The European allocation (5%) is the right number. If we had not engaged in this process, there was a risk another number could have been imposed which would be less favourable.”


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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