Celtic and Rangers lock horns in off-field dispute - report
By Emma Sanders
Celtic and Rangers have locked horns in an off-field battle over ticket sales and vandalism, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim Celtic are withholding £35,000 worth of ticket money which they are due to pay Rangers following the Old Firm derby clash on New Year’s Eve.
The Hoops are refusing to hand over sums they received from 7,500 ticket sales during the clash at the Ibrox because they have yet to receive repair costs from Rangers after their fans trashed stadium toilets.
Brendan Rodgers’ side thrashed Rangers 5-1 in the first encounter at Parkhead in September and the Gers’ fans reacted with frustration by destroying stadium toilet facilities.
The supporters were caught on camera but Rangers have so far refused to cover the costs despite it being over four months since the clash.
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Rangers are believed to be holding back from paying up because they claim Celtic supporters were responsible for damage in the Broomloan Stand in the most recent encounter.
“As far as we are concerned the matter regarding payment for the significant damage caused to Celtic Park has been resolved. We have not been informed of any major damage whatsoever caused at Ibrox stadium,” a Celtic spokesperson said.
However, a Rangers spokesman responded with, “Negotiations around this issue have been ongoing and Rangers are currently evaluating the cost of damage caused at Ibrox during the Hogmanay match. Responsibility for that cost will have to be accepted.”
Celtic have won all three Old Firm derby matches this season, with the most recent victory on New Year’s Eve finishing in a 2-1 victory at Ibrox.
The Hoops also knocked the Gers out of the semi-final of the Betfred Cup before going on to win the competition against Aberdeen in the final.
In other Celtic news, the club are set to offer Kolo Toure an extended deal.