Reports today suggest that Ibrox is giving Newcastle fans 7000 seats – the whole of the Broomloan Road stand – for their coming friendly with the English club. The match, which will take place in July, will see an entire cadre of their current season ticket holders having to find alternative spaces inside the ground.
This gives lie to their statements which declare the seats of current season ticket holders “off limits.”
It can be done.
Celtic adopts an identical system for fans who have seats in The Lisbon Lions stand; we buy our tickets for games against the Ibrox club separately from the season ticket, because there’s always the vague possibility that they decide to change the current setup. Fans who buy those season tickets know this in advance.
It’s for this reason that those tickets are cheaper than similar parts of the stadium.
This blog has long highlighted this obvious flaw in Ibrox’s pitiful argument.
They could easily adopt a similar scheme to Celtic, with a view to resolving this.
You knock £100 off the season ticket price and you allow those fans to buy their seats separately if no reciprocal agreement can be worked out. There’s nothing complex or controversial about this.
Ibrox has gotten away with the same barefaced lie since the start of this.
Nobody is asking fans to give up season tickets to return things to the way they used to be. We’ve asked that they insert a similar clause in those tickets as exists at Celtic Park. “These tickets do not cover matches against Celtic.”
That’s all you have to do … and they won’t.
“Newcastle supporters have been allocated the entire Broomloan Stand for the fixture, with season ticket holders in this area able to purchase an alternative seat in an exclusive ‘movers sale’,” reads Ibrox’s blurb for the game.
This is exactly the sort of scheme we have, and the one this blog has consistently said they could easily adopt.
The media would prefer not to write that.
They would prefer not to accept that Celtic has done all that it can in order to fix this; even leaving the option open in the season ticket terms and conditions. What more goodwill can we demonstrate?
We are not, never have been, and never will be the obstacle to getting an agreement here.
That’s the club across the city, and their contempt for even the notion of a deal is obvious from this move.
It’s a two finger salute to us even as we’re trying to decide whether to take their paltry, pitiful, insulting 800 ticket allocation, with all the safety concerns that go with that.
In my view, this ought only to strengthen our resolve either to get a proper deal or to turn those tickets down.
Their club is taking the piss, and it’s high time even their media apologists recognised that fact and hammered it home.