Kieran Maguire: Celtic poised to make 'even more money' after move Rangers fans will hate
Celtic will make “even more money” by barring Rangers supporters from the next Glasgow Derby at Parkhead.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about arrangements for the 2 January clash.
The Daily Record reported on 1 November that Rangers fans will be locked out of the new-year meeting at Celtic Park.
The decision is believed to be in response to Rangers’ refusal to admit Hoops supporters for the first derby meeting of the season on 29 August.
Celtic trousered £20m in matchday income last season, while Rangers’ most recent set of accounts show that they earned £18.2m.
Maguire argues that, while it is a “big shame” to see away fans excluded from the world-famous derby, it could be beneficial for the Hoops’ wallet.
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“Away tickets for Rangers and Celtic are relatively insignificant as an income stream,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“On the other hand, away tickets for most of the other Scottish Premiership clubs when Rangers and Celtic are coming to town are significant.
“I suspect they might sell those tickets to Celtic fans, in which case they will actually make even more money.
“They won’t have to go and pay for segregation and have dedicated zones because everyone will be home fans.
“But it is a big shame when away fans are not allowed when you look at the noise and atmosphere they can generate.”