By Frank McAvennie

14th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

McAvennie 'gutted' by crushing Celtic blow ahead of Betis clash

Frank McAvennie claims it is “wrong” to stop Celtic fans attending their Europa League clash with Real Betis on Thursday.

The Parkhead icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as the club released a statement on the matter.

On 10 September, Celtic announced Real Betis were no longer allowing away fans into their ground on Thursday.

Celtic claim Betis had informed the club on 8 September that Hoops fans would be allowed in for Thursday’s game.

However, Betis informed the Hoops that the “local authority” in Spain signed off on the decision.

The club ended their statement by advising fans to not travel to the game.

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McAvennie insists this is a gutting development for the Celtic faithful ahead of such a vital clash.

“It’s gutting for the Celtic fans,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“But that’s the world we live in at the moment I suppose. Things can change so quickly.

“It’s just awful for the fans who have been looking forward to going. It sounds like Betis changed their minds really quickly which is far from ideal.

“It’s wrong to mess the club around like that.

“It won’t matter though. I’m sure plenty of fans will still travel and make a noise outside the ground.

Celtic start their Europa League group stage campaign with a trip to Betis before games against Leverkusen and Ferencvaros.

Hoops fans are expected to be allowed to travel to their other European away games.

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