Celtic and Rangers Glasgow Derby agreement announced

The Glasgow Celtic FC and the Glasgow Rangers FC Club Badges
The Glasgow Celtic FC and the Glasgow Rangers FC Club Badges / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Celtic and the Rangers currently find themselves in the middle of the tightest title race in Scottish football for over a decade. Just a point separates the two teams, with the Hoops ahead by the slimest of margins. But Philippe Clement's side have played a game less and will get the chance to return to the top of the table soon.

There is a feeling that the destination of the Premiership trophy could be determined by the results of the remaining two Glasgow derbies in the league. Celtic have a psychological edge in that regard as they have won the first two in this campaign and rather comfortably too, despite never being in great form.

The next Glasgow Derby is set to be played at Ibrox in early April. Once again, there will be no away fans in attendance.

The absence of away fans at Glasgow derbies has been a topic of discussion in Scottish football for quite some time now. The good news is that it won't remain the case for much longer.

Celtic and Rangers Glasgow Derby agreement announced

As said in a statement released by the SPFL on their official website, Rangers and Celtic will provide ticket allocations of around 5% for away supporters, for SPFL matches between the two clubs. This will be effective from the 2024/25 season. It does not affect the remaining two league matches in this campaign, where no away supporters will be present.

This is quite certainly a step in the right direction. The absence of away fans was certainly having a negative effect on the spectacle that is the Glasgow Derby.

Of course, this will be the last thing on the minds of the Celtic fans when their side takes to the Ibrox pitch a little over a week later. The focus will be on winning the game and the league title.