The Affiliation of Registered Celtic Supporters Clubs are having a meeting tonight, and the first thing they’re wanting to discuss is the way Celtic decided to sell tickets for the home leg against Juventus this morning. They’re unhappy about the way tickets were sold, mainly because those that have been to Celtic games this season haven’t got tickets, but those who haven’t been their at all this season, have.
Every Celtic fan on this planet wants a ticket for this game, and a lot of unhappy punters never managed to get what they wanted this morning. Many many people cued outside Celtic Park - some since 4AM – and managed to get their tickets, or tickets for their friends. Fair play to them. They had the chance, and they took it. But should people who haven’t been to any Celtic games this season have had the chance to go to this game?
MY OPINION: Firstly, I feel it was definitely the right decision to sell to season ticket holders first. Nobody can really fault that. As a season ticket holder for many years, it’s one of the privileges that makes you buy every season. You’re guaranteed tickets for every home game that season. And with the money your paying, so it should be. But….
They shouldn’t have given season ticket holders an extra two tickets. They can buy them for their non-supporting Celtic friends, who are willing to pay the money for them. People who haven’t been at games all season, but want to go because this is the big one. They want to taste the atmosphere. I can’t fault them. But, they should never have the chance to get their hands on these tickets. I`ll give a wee example of how I`m a little bit angry with the way it’s been dealt with…
My friend, who is one of the most ardent Celtic fans that you`ll meet, hasn’t got a ticket for the game. He isn’t a season ticket holder. But, he has been to 3 or 4 SPL home games this season, and nearly every single away game. He’s been to the two Champions League qualifying games, and also been to the three home games in the Group stage. He’s been to Arbroath and Aberdeen this season to support his side. But, he doesn’t qualify to get a ticket unless he knows a season ticket holder who can get him one. He doesn’t have a season ticket, because most of the time he can’t make 3PM kick off on Saturdays. That’s unfortunate, but when he’s not working, and a Celtic game is on, he`ll be there.
The process is all a bit shoddy to me. Touts are already selling them on Gumtree for £200. If it would be based on appearances you’ve made throughout the whole season, we might not have that problem. What’s your thoughts?
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