Ange Postecoglou has been speaking about Celtic’s unusual kick off time on Tuesday as he prepares his side for a Europa League clash with a difference.
Preparations for COP 26 in Glasgow means the game has been moved from Thursday evening to 3:30pm on Tuesday. The timing means anyone coming to the game is likely taking time off work and some skipping school, college or Uni.
The Celtic manager knows the sacrifices the Hoops support will have to make to be at the game and is heartened by the number of tickets sold.
Cited by RecordSport, Ange said : “It’s an unusual set of circumstances that has turned this into an afternoon kick-off in midweek. We just have to plan around it. You roll with it.
“We have still sold a ridiculous amount of tickets for this match, given the situation.
“It just shows how committed our supporters are – some will have taken time off work or family duties to support the team.
“I appreciate that because it’s part of the excitement of Europe and the atmosphere at Celtic Park.
“It’s heartening and pleasing to hear we are going to have a good turnout and hopefully we will reward the supporters for those sacrifices.”
Celtic need to make home advantage count against Ferencvaros and avenge last season’s Champions League qualifier defeat to the Hungarian’s. It’s a new look side and we have a new manager – but the fans would love to get a win over the visiting side.
Having watched an empty Celtic Park all last season – the supporters have the chance to affect the game from the stands.
A win would put much needed points on the board for Celtic in the Europa League. A draw or defeat could see a premature exit from Europe. Third place in the group drops into the conference League – first and second advance in the competition.