CHRIS SUTTON believes the Ibrox boards decision to cut Celtic’s allocation by 90% for Glasgow Derby games will hurt the Scottish product.

The former Celtic striker is a great believer in the atmosphere Scottish fans can create and without the electricity and spark of the fans verbal jousting on Derby day – something will be lost.

‘Scottish football is on the up product wise and supporter wise.’ Sutton explained in his Record column.

‘Attendances have risen this season across the board.

‘Football is all about the fans so Rangers’ ticket bombshell to slash Celtic’s Ibrox allocation from 8000 to 800 from next season smacked of one word.


‘This is the same Rangers who complained when Hibs cut their quota to just under 1500 briefs when they visited Easter Road on the last day of the Premiership season.

Rangers had a right moan at Hibs for the exact same thing.

‘Let’s get one thing clear. This is not good news for the Scottish game. These matches are all about the supporters and atmosphere.’

Celtic have promised the fans a bigger allocation now for Glasgow Derbies – the only real course of action they could take with so many fans being locked out of Ibrox on Derby day.

The Ibrox board can dress it up any way they like but the real reason Celtic will not be taking their usual allocation to Govan is they can’t bear the sight of 8000 Celtic supporters having a party every time Celtic take on their hapless team.