Rangers legend Barry Ferguson thinks the decision by the Ibrox giants to slash Celtic’s ticket allocation at Ibrox is the right one – and insists that the “bigger picture” is about the Light Blues “getting stronger.”
The Gers confirmed Celtic would only receive around 800 tickets for Old Firm clashes after getting as many as ten times more than that previously.
Ferguson thinks if it makes more money available for Steven Gerrard to spend on players then it is a “great” move by the Gers.
“So much of a fuss is being made over this decision, but if it generates more money for Steven Gerrard, great,” Ferguson said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Having thousands of Celtic fans inside the stadium created a brilliant atmosphere and there is a part of me which is saddened that this will no longer be the case but the bigger picture is about Rangers rebuilding and getting stronger.
“I loved to hear them singing and rubbing their counterparts up the wrong way, all of that created the atmosphere but let’s see how it works next season.
“The suggestion that Rangers are being petty and this is some kind of tit-for-tat decision isn’t a camp I sit in.”
Football Insider verdict:
The decision to cut Celtic’s allocation makes sense and giving Hoops fans so many seats at Ibrox just can’t be justified anymore. The Gers now have the possibility to add thousands of new season ticket holders and generate new revenue for the club. Despite some of the wailing about it potentially killing the Old Firm atmosphere, nobody ever complains about El Clasico’s atmosphere despite the away side consistently taking less than 1000 fans with them. The dynamic will change a bit and become a bit more intimidating for visiting players but it his hardly going to kill the game off. After finishing third in the Scottish Premiership last season, it speaks volumes of the Gers that they have already had over 40,000 fans renew their season tickets ahead of Steven Gerrard’s arrival as manager this Friday. Celtic always looked to have proportionally far too many seats at Ibrox when it comes to Old Firm games and no longer giving them a full stand will massively change that moving forward.
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