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Rangers incite allocation battle with Celtic

Away allocations for Old Firm rivals could be slashed next season after Rangers announced they were prepared to cut thousands of tickets for their rivals in Steven Gerrard’s first season as manager.

Celtic entered into a tit-for-tat exchange with Rangers, leaving both sides in a standoff over their ticket allocations.

Rangers reported record season-ticket renewals of more than 40,000, leading them to release a statement restricting “all visiting fans” to the corner of the ground situated between the Broomloan and Sandy Jardine stands.

This change means Celtic fans will see a reduction of more than 6,000 tickets when they visit Ibrox as they are usually allocated the entire Broomloan Stand.

However, most other travelling fans will not be heavily impacted by the allocation changes.

Celtic responded with a statement: “An unprecedented Double Treble and historic season for the club has led to a phenomenal level of demand from supporters to be part of Celtic. 

“We are happy to reciprocate in terms of ticket allocation, something which will give us the opportunity to meet this huge demand to visit Celtic Park.”

The Rangers statement continued: “We have had to consider carefully how best to accommodate these supporters in light of the record renewals.

“Our supporters will always come first and as many of them as practically possible must be accommodated. That is why the club has decided on an overall increase in the total number of season tickets available to our supporters to what will be a historical record.

“An unfortunate consequence of putting our supporters first is that this increased demand negatively impacts on the number of tickets which will be allocated to visiting teams. This means all visiting fans will now be situated in the corner between the Broomloan and Sandy Jardine Stands.”

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