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Celtic call for talks on Gers ticket dispute


By Gavin McCafferty

Celtic have asked for talks with Rangers and Scottish League officials over the ticket row which is set to transform the atmosphere at their derby fixtures.

The Scottish champions had quickly vowed to reciprocate when Rangers recently declared a sudden end to the mutual arrangement which saw more than 7,000 away fans attend games at both Ibrox and Parkhead.

Celtic have now confirmed they will follow suit on Rangers' plans to offer about 800 tickets to their Glasgow rivals but have called for dialogue on the matter involving the Scottish Professional Football League.

A club statement read: "Celtic Football Club has confirmed that it will issue approximately 800 tickets to visiting supporters for the fixture against Rangers at Celtic Park on September 2. This mirrors the decision announced recently by Rangers.

"This is not a development we welcome and it is unfortunate that the initial decision came without any form of discussion."

The statement added: "The rules of the SPFL call for 'reasonable' provision to be made for visiting supporters, without being specific on numbers.

"Within that context, we would welcome further discussions involving the two clubs and the SPFL."

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