Over 55,000 people are set to visit Celtic Park tonight as Ange Postecoglou’s Bhoys take on Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt.
Celtic say only a ‘handful’ of tickets remain for the encounter and while that might be a slight exaggeration, there really are a limited number of briefs available.
A look at Celtic’s ticketing site shows a fair amount of sections still available around the stadium, but dig a little deeper and you’ll see sometimes just one or two tickets left in each section.
It all means Celtic Park will be close to sell-out and even still could with walk-up business ahead of kick-off.
In fact, tonight’s crowd in the East End of Glasgow is likely to be the biggest of the Conference League action across the continent. It may well be bigger than most Europa League attendances too.
As UEFA look to legitimise their third-tier competition and sell it to doubters, there’s no better advert for the tournament than supporters fully buying into the concept and turning out with big crowds.
No-one will be happier to see a busy Celtic Park tonight than the competition organisers.
There have certainly been misgivings amongst some fans about Celtic’s participation. I’ve seen and heard plenty of discussion about Celtic perhaps not taking the tournament seriously and focusing on the Scottish Premiership title race.
Ange Postecoglou has dismissed that, of course. He’s in it to win it.
It seems the vast majority of supporters are willing to back him up on that as well.
If Celtic fans didn’t have an appetite for this tournament then the crowd tonight would have easily been 30 or 40 thousand, rather than 50 plus. Supporters vote with their feet and their wallets.
If Celtic can get past this round, expect the hype to increase too. UEFA may well have won a watch having an engaged club and support going all-in on their inaugural Conference League.
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