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Celtic’s ticket prices hiked 60 per cent over five years

Season ticket prices for Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have skyrocketed by almost 60 per cent over the past five years, now costing up to £674 ($833/€755), a BBC Scotland study shows.

However, it’s Celtic’s cross-town Old Firm rivals Rangers that are the most expensive, with season ticket prices costing up to £724. The Glasgow club also has the most expensive single game ticket at £52.

The study has collated the price of season tickets, match tickets, programmes, merchandise and food costs across the Scottish Professional Football League’s (SPFL) four divisions this term.

The survey found that adult football fans could not purchase a ticket for a Premiership game for less than £20, with Hearts and Motherwell being the cheapest.

Paisley-based St Mirren boasts the cheapest season ticket at £240, as well as offering free season tickets for children when an adult ticket is bought. St Johnstone and Motherwell also offer this option to parents.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster insisted that every club in Scotland is “continuing to make every effort to make football as affordable as possible,” BBC Scotland reports.

He added: “Our game continues to go from strength to strength. Average attendances have increased across all four divisions, the League Cup and Challenge Cup for the last five years in a row.

“One in 47 people in Scotland attend an SPFL match each weekend, which means it remains by far the best attended league per head of the population anywhere in Europe.

“This underlines the value and enjoyment supporters get from Scottish football.”

In the Championship, the second tier of Scottish football, Alloa Athletic have the cheapest season ticket at £205, while recently relegated Dundee has the most expensive at £340.

Alloa Athletic also has the cheapest single tickets, matching that of Arbroath, Ayr and Queen of the South at £18, while Dundee and its neighbours Dundee United are the most costly at £26.

Only when it gets to League One does the price of a season ticket fall below the £200 mark, with Forfar Athletic, Stranraer and Peterhead tickets costing just £175.

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