Saturday 24 March 2018

Celtic reveal new 2,600 capacity safe-standing area with with Lincoln Red Imps on their way

Celtic's new 2,600 capacity safe-standing area. Celtic FC
Celtic's new 2,600 capacity safe-standing area. Celtic FC

Samuel Stevens

Scottish champions Celtic have completed work on the 2,600 capacity safe-standing area at Celtic Park, making them the first British club to do so after lengthy negotiations.

The Glasgow club were granted a safe-standing licence 12 months following years of talks with the City Council resulted in two previous applications being rejected, amid concerns over the initiative’s safety and demand for tickets.

Announcing the completion of the construction work on Twitter, Celtic said: “Finishing touches on the new Rail Seating section. We look forward to welcoming you all here on Saturday for Brendan Rodgers' first game at Paradise!”

Celtic have paid in the region of £500,000 converting one corner of the 60,000 capacity venue, set to host Champions League football next season if Brendan Rodgers’ side can overturn a first-leg one-goal deficit against Lincoln Red Imps on Wednesday.

The Football Supporters’ Federation have backed the return to safe-standing since the turn of the millennium and it is hoped a successful trial in Scotland could lead to its implementation in England in the near future.

Standing at British football matches was banned after the Taylor Report in 1990, following the Hillsborough disaster which resulted in the deaths of 96 supporters one year earlier.

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