Celtic’s upcoming match against Hibernian, slated for next Wednesday, presents an unusual scenario that deviates from the norm.
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Tickets, usually snapped up within hours, are still available days after going on sale. This anomaly in ticket sales begs a deeper examination of the underlying factors.
A primary consideration is the timing of the match. Midweek games inherently face challenges in attracting crowds, particularly in December when temperatures plummet. The prospect of braving freezing conditions on a weekday evening can be a significant deterrent for many fans.
Moreover, the current economic climate cannot be overlooked. With the cost of living crisis impacting families across the UK, discretionary spending, particularly on leisure activities like football matches, is among the first to be curtailed. In the run-up to Christmas, when financial pressures are at their peak, this effect is only magnified. For many Celtic fans, the choice between a football match and other financial commitments is becoming increasingly stark.
Beyond these practical considerations, there’s a possibility that the situation reflects deeper issues within the Celtic fanbase. Discontent with the board, stemming from various decisions or the perceived direction of the club, could be a contributing factor. While such undercurrents of dissatisfaction are not always immediately visible, they can manifest in subtle ways, such as reduced ticket sales.