Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain has admitted he would prefer Rangers to be bringing more fans to Celtic Park on Sunday, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
There will again be just be around 800 fans at the fixture, down from around 8000 last season, a decision the Hoops made after the Ibrox club announced cutting our own allocation in Govan.
The petty decision of the Rangers board has impacted the atmosphere of the fixture, which has been one of its key selling points to broadcasters and neutrals around the world.
Bain reckons it’s not ideal.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said:
We’ll have the vast majority of the fans and we have to use that atmosphere to our advantage.
If anything, though, I like it when there are more away supporters in. It creates more of an Old Firm derby feeling.
But this is what it is, just as it was at Ibrox last time, so we’ll enjoy the backing of our fans and hopefully get the win.
It’s a massive game for us as we head for the run-in and it’s one we’re looking forward to.
Personally I can’t see Celtic losing to Rangers on our own patch anytime soon so I’d much prefer to see as many of them leave early, silent and gutted as possible.
Bain is right in terms of the atmosphere, which was notably different in the September and December matches.
Rangers have thrown their toys out the pram on the issue because they couldn’t take getting regularly cuffed at Ibrox, to the detriment of the fixture’s reputation and the appeal of the Scottish game.
Hopefully changes can be made ahead of next season.