Celtic, the Scottish Premiership football club, has reintroduced a waiting list for fans wanting to purchase season tickets for the 2017-18 campaign.

The Glasgow club said that to join the list, which launches on Friday, supporters must pay a £10 (€11.50/$12.20) deposit to hold their place on a first-come-first-served basis. Once a season ticket becomes available, the deposit is returned and the full price will be charged.

Fans who have previously registered their interest in buying a season ticket can join the waiting list ahead of next season as of now, and will be given priority over new additions to the list.

Last year, the club was forced to close the upper tier of Celtic Park for some cup matches due to low attendance.

Manager Brendan Rodgers said at his unveiling as manager last summer that one of his aims was to fill the stands with supporters again.

He said: “I’ve been a Celtic supporter all my life and we’ll do everything we can to meet the challenges set for us. For that, we need them. My idea is to get the stands filled. It’s my job to inspire the support.

“The lure for me was coming to Glasgow Celtic, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and helping them grow.”

At the start of the 2016-17 season, Celtic introduced a 2,600-capacity safe standing area, which has been a controversial issue as Premier League clubs agreed further talks on the possibility of introducing safe standing at grounds in November. Recently Manchester United was reported to be considering how it could be incorporated into plans for the expansion of Old Trafford.

Legislation to outlaw terraces in English football grounds was introduced following the death of 96 Liverpool fans at the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989.