Big changes at Celtic as the Rodgers era begins with ground-breaking overhaul
By Tom Blackburn
Celtic have begun installing new rail seats as they start to implement their new ‘safe standing’ area at Parkhead.
The rail seats will enable fans to flip the seats back and stand in what is a ground-breaking scheme in Scotland.
According to the Celtic website the revamp at the 60,000-capacity stadium will accommodate 3,000 supporters.
It will be in use for all domestic matches, but the seats must be fixed down for all European games due to Uefa regulations.
Work will continue throughout the coming weeks to complete the project ahead of the start of the 2016-17 season and Celtic’s pre-season encounter with Leicester City on 23 July.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
Demand from supporters for a place in the revamped area has been huge as the club embarks on a new era under manager Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers took over at Celtic Park earlier this month and has promised positive changes at the club.
The Scottish champions won their fifth consecutive title this season and with Rangers returning to the top flight for the first time in four years, they are making sure they are well prepared to mount a challenge for a sixth league win.
The introduction of the rail seating section is seen as a significant investment in spectator safety by the club, allowing fans in the area to stand safely at matches.
In other Celtic news, their fans have reacted on Twitter to Rangers’ pursuit of 37-year-old defender Clint Hill.