Are Rangers set for a huge boost in December’s Old Firm clash?
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Celtic may reject tickets for December's Old Firm clash

December’s Old Firm match is certainly going to be a cracker, and Rangers could be set for a huge advantage.

Their bitter rivals Celtic had their annual AGM this afternoon. At that meeting, the club’s Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell, claimed they may reject tickets for the crunch match on December 29th. The game will signal the final contest before the Winter break kicks in.

That would mean Ibrox could be filled entirely of Rangers supporters. The last time that happened was in 1994 in a 1-1 draw at Ibrox. That time, it was Rangers banning Celtic fans. Now? It looks as though Celtic may take the decision to refuse the tickets themselves.

Rangers took just around 800 fans to Celtic Park (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking at his AGM earlier today, Lawwell had this to say on the issue.

“It’s a possibility we will decline our ticket allocation. If we can’t guarantee safety of our own support then we will advise them not to go.”

Supporter unrest?

The ticket fiasco has been a real ding-dong affair since the tail-end of last season. Rangers cut Celtic’s allocation back in May, with Celtic doing the same before the beginning of the campaign.

Rangers took just around 800 of their supporters to Parkhead for the 1-0 defeat back in September. This is a long way away from the near 7,000 who would’ve normally attended the fixture.

Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers are scheduled to meet again in December (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

Celtic have also been used to taking the full Broomloan Road Stand over the decades. Rangers decided to ensure that their rivals’ tickets were slashed by over 6,000 seats. Now, it looks like the Parkhead side could take the option to leave the tickets and allow an all-blue Ibrox in December.

This is something Rangers fans would be likely to welcome. A petition was set-up last season regarding the banning of Celtic fans from Ibrox. Celtic supporters, however, surely wouldn’t be happy with missing out on what is their biggest domestic away-day.

The Old Firm has never been the safest of matches to attend due to the heated rivalry between the pair. You have to wonder, therefore, what Lawwell is trying to say with his latest statement on it.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, but it was certainly an intriguing development this afternoon.

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