The first Old Firm game of 2022 is rapidly drawing closer and that means it is, once more, time for the talking heads o Scottish football to tie themselves in knots over the respective allocations Rangers and Celtic dish out to their Old Firm rivals.
Rangers’ decision a few years ago to stop giving Celtic the full Broomloan Road stand has seen the Light Blues sell record numbers of season tickets as fans rushed to show their support and snap up season books in the Broomy.
And despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth – mainly from the other side of the city – Rangers have been thoroughly vindicated in their decision.
While some might long for the days of 6000 Celtic fans being given access to Ibrox for an Old Firm, the majority of Rangers fans far prefer the current arrangement and it is easy to see why.
For fans who had Broomloan season tickets before the allocations were changed, the Old Firm was the one league game they were likely to miss as our fans were shunted to accommodate Them.
Any Rangers fan today who wants to see several thousand bluenoses papped out of Ibrox to allow in a fanbase who can’t even bring themselves to call the derby the Old Firm is for the watching.
Given that the seats in the Broomloan are now filled with Rangers fans who bought season tickets in the knowledge they’d get to see every game (Covid restrictions notwithstanding), the idea of bumping them off to let thousands of Celtic fans into Ibrox to spew their bile is unfathomable.
While it might mean that fewer Rangers fans get into Parkhead twice a season, having thousands more Rangers supporters buying season tickets and getting to support the club all season is far more important than letting some Celtic fans in – even if it is fun seeing their greeting faces after a Rangers win.