Football podcaster John-Paul Mason has revealed his bafflement regarding the ticketing allocation at Celtic’s last league game.
However, there was something about the game at the Pittodrie that ‘irked’ Mason. Indeed, he explained that, despite there being plenty of empty seats in the stadium, extra Celtic fans were not allowed into the venue.
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Talking as a guest on the A Celtic State of Mind podcast, he explained his frustration, saying: “What irked me was looking around in the stands in Pittodrie and seeing just seas of empty seats.
“I was just thinking, what is going on here? How bizarre is this? And I texted somebody who was there, and I said: ‘Oh, please tell me there was tickets outside or anything like that, you know, for the Celtic fans.’
“And he said: ‘No, there was just guys standing about with money in the hand looking for spares.’
“So how bizarre a financial outlet is that, that you’ve got willing paying customers standing with literally money in the air pointing towards the ground going: ‘We have money, we want to spend it.’
“And yet, there’s empty seats all over the ground, and the Celtic allocation is cut. It just makes no sense to me.”
TIF Thoughts on ticket allocations and Celtic…
Considering the financial impact of the pandemic on Scottish football, it’s hard to understand why the clubs aren’t doing all they can to get as many fans in their stadiums as possible.
However, if you are the home team you are hardly going to want to fill your empty seats with more away supporters, even if there is money to be made.
It’s easy to see both sides of the argument, but Mason certainly seems to find the whole situation ‘bizarre’.
Still, most Celtic fans won’t mind too much when they just think about the football from that particular occasion. Their club’s visit to the Pittodrie did at least see them claim an all-important three points before the league paused for the current international break.