Celtic is unlikely to follow its Glasgow rival Rangers in launching its own resale platform, following outrage on its unused ticket policy.

The club was criticised by many fans for distributing a letter to season ticket holders stating that passes cannot be transferred to any third party, including family and friends.

Celtic’s Scottish Premiership rival Rangers has an online secondary ticketing scheme that gives supporters the opportunity to put their ticket up for resale by the club if they cannot attend.

Rangers’ resale service provides fans selling unused tickets with credit towards future season tickets.

Celtic claims that the safety of its supporters is the reason behind the club’s stance, in addition to citing the league’s regulations.

In the letter sent by the club, it states that season tickets for Celtic Park are “for use of the named season ticket holder only and the use by an third parties, including family and friends is not permitted”.

The club said: “We hope that by clarifying the club policy on this matter it may prevent any confusion or issues arising in future.”

The letter highlighted season ticket terms and conditions on the official Celtic website, which warns that fans passing, reselling or auctioning tickets to others “will be prohibited from receiving tickets from Celtic FC”.

The Premiership leaders’ average home attendance at its Celtic Park home reached 55,476 for the 2016-17 season, with the highest attended game hitting nearly 59,000.

Celtic has won the Scottish league championship on 48 occasions, most recently in the 2016–17 season, the Scottish Cup 37 times and the Scottish League Cup 17 times.

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