By Adefunmiloye Alani

14th Jul, 2021 | 7:10pm

Martin O'Neill wants Rangers to increase Celtic allocation of tickets

Martin O’Neill would love to see a return to the traditional allocation of tickets at Ibrox after Rangers cut Celtic’s allocation.

The Scottish Premiership champions reduced the ticket allocation given to Hoops fans by over 6,000 seats after announcing record season ticket renewals following the appointment of manager Steven Gerrard in May 2018, making only 800 tickets available for Celtic.

The Paradise Park outfit followed suit, also citing demands from season ticket holders as the reason for the move.

Ex-Celtic manager O’Neill believes that has affected the chances of his former side at Ibrox, and he is hoping Rangers and their bitter rivals can reverse the decision.

“The Celtic fans are coming back and you know what the Celtic fans can do,” he said (via The Herald).

“They can be behind you and give you something you feel you didn’t have and, like every set of fans, they can be a bit volatile.

“It would be great if both sets of fans in their respective numbers were allowed back into the opposition stadia because there is nothing like it. There is nothing like 6000 or 7000 Rangers fans behind that goal adding to the atmosphere and the same with Celtic behind the goal at Ibrox. That would be lovely.”

Fair enough

With the government approving the return of fans, Celtic would love to have their fans in their numbers at Ibrox to boost their chances of winning there for the first time since September 2019.

The Hoops have suffered defeats on their last three visits to our ground, and Rangers have won twice and drawn once on the last three visits to Parkhead, so it is understandable if O’Neill wants that slight advantage returned.

However, he is not likely to get his wish anytime soon.

We have sold out 45,000 season tickets ahead of the new campaign, with fans buying the maximum number of tickets available for the sixth straight season, and it seems Celtic would have to make do with 800 tickets or less for the Old Firm games at Ibrox in 2021-22.

Rangers have found a way to win at Parkhead without their fans, and the Hoops would have to learn how to get results at Ibrox too.

That is probably not going to be a frequent thing in the coming seasons as Gerrard and his men continue to make their home ground a fortress.

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