Several of the blogs have now pretty much said the same thing today and yesterday; it is time the club took the decision to refuse an allocation for Ibrox and to ban their fans from Celtic Park.
Based on the response to those articles, I reckon most fans are now in agreement.
This technically puts us in breach of the SPFL regulations, but the governing body has done nothing to keep our fans and players safe, so it is now down to us.
There will be some form of punishment for refusing their fans an allocation.
We should be willing to accept that punishment. It will be in the form of fines. Pay them, Celtic, and keep their fans away until things change over there. Bring clarity to this situation.
Celtic regard Ibrox as unsafe environment.
Furthermore, it is now obvious that there are no security arrangements that our own club can make, short of something draconian, that will make the fixture at Celtic Park any safer.
There is going to be constant chaos as these matches and it will last as long as the ticket allocations for each club are so small.
It would be better to have no away fans at these matches at all than the paltry number who are currently allowed. The governing bodies could step in and guarantee a certain number of away fans – a minimum ten percent allocation per ground for example – and that would do it … they choose not to.
They choose to continue pretending this isn’t their problem.
It’s not great getting into hypothetical scenarios about what people should do when those who are meant to govern deliberately decide not to, because that leads us down all kinds of rabbit holes, but eventually someone has to step up and take a lead.
We are the biggest club in the country. Who better than us?
So we ought to start with telling Ibrox that pending reforms there will be no tickets for their club at Celtic Park, and that we will refuse an away ticket allocation to their ground, based on safety concerns which are wholly legitimate in light of the weekend.
Beyond that we need to push for a regulation like the one I talked about above; a ten percent guaranteed allocation for fans at games. If the clubs pass it then it’s done, if they accept it then it’s a rule and nobody can slither around it as Ibrox has tried to do.
That’s where we should take this thing, and damn anyone who stands in our way.
Celtic fans appear to want this. It is now up to the club to deliver it.