Scottish Premiership football club Celtic has surpassed 50,000 season ticket sales for the 2017-18 season.
Last season, Brendan Rogers’ team claimed a historic treble by securing the league, Scottish Cup and League Cup. The success has increased demand substantially, forcing the club to introduce a waiting list.
In comparison, in the 2012-13 season Celtic sold 40,000 season tickets, 41,000 the next season, 39,000 in 2014-15, and during the last season before Rodgers took charge, the club again sold 41,000. During cup games in previous seasons, stands were actually being closed due to low attendance, often sinking as low as 13,500.
However, the Scottish champions are now having to advise supporters on how to get hold of tickets due to the sheer demand.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “We are delighted that so many fans want to share in this exciting season and everyone at Celtic would like to sincerely thank our season book holders for their continued commitment to the club.”
According to the Sky Sports news website, Scotland now has the largest crowds per head of population in Europe.
Other Scottish Premiership clubs such as Rangers announced three weeks ago that they had broken through the 35,000-season ticket barrier and are expected to surpass last year’s record total of 43,000, while Hearts and Hibs are thought to have sold more than 10,000 each.
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