The last two Scottish Premiership matches of the season between Celtic and Rangers will no longer admit away fans, according to a statement from the two clubs. Limited travelling support has been present in recent matches, prompting the clubs to agree to only admit home fans due to prior incidents at both stadiums. Rangers managing director, Stewart Robertson, previously said that the club would “not increase the allocation back to previous levels”, calling the decision to cut away fans from 7,000 to 700, as made sense. The Old Firm will still meet in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park, however, ticket allocations for this fixture will be split.
Sky Sports will air up to 48 Scottish Premiership games this season across its flagship channels Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event, as well as at least five Scottish Women’s Premier League matches. Sky Sports News will provide rolling editorial coverage of both keenly followed football series throughout the season. Following incidents at recent meetings in Glasgow, Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers have now decided not to offer away fans tickets for the two remaining games. The annual match used to attract up to 7,000 of the opposing team’s fans, but numbers have been limited to 700 in recent meetings.
Certain sectors of Rangers’ support have long been associated with sectarianism and violence, and while the club and Scottish Police have clamped down heavily on offensive behaviour in recent years, a minority of fans have continued with the behaviour.