St. Mirren chief Tony Fitzpatrick has warned Rangers and Celtic that their ticket allocations could be slashed when they visit Paisley in the future.
The Saints have sold “over 4,000” season tickets according to Fitzpatrick – with the Old Firm giants currently given two stands when they travel to face Alan Stubbs’ side.
Fitzpatrick admitted that the “dream” is to put Old Firm fans in a corner of the ground – and revealed that’s exactly “the way it’s heading.”
“At the moment, we’re on target to sell over 4,000 (season tickets), which is more than half the capacity of the ground,” Fitzpatrick said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“If we keep on improving we could end up giving Celtic and Rangers fans just 400 tickets and put them in a corner.
“That’s the dream. We’ve been grateful to the Old Firm for the support they’ve brought here in the past but, like any other club, we’d rather fill the ground with our own punters and that’s the way it’s heading.”
Football Insider verdict:
If teams can sell more tickets to their own fans then more power to them. After applauding Rangers for making the same move when it comes to Celtic’s allocation at Ibrox it would be ridiculous to later hammer St. Mirren or any other club for following suit. As much as Rangers and Celtic are the golden geese of Scottish football other clubs getting themselves into a position where they are filling their ground with their own fans is a positive. Of course, Old Firm fans likely won’t be impressed by the move, not everything needs to revolve around them. It might not last long as poor results affect fans interest but if the likes of St. Mirren can sell tickets to St. Mirren fans rather than Rangers and Celtic fas then so be it. Old Firm fans wouldn’t expect to be put out when other clubs come to visit and the same rings true when it is reversed.
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