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Wednesday 10th
posted by Morning Star in Sport

by Our Sports Desk

CELTIC were granted permission to introduce safe standing yesterday at Celtic Park.

Discussions have been ongoing for the past five years and were finally approved by the authorities, with the 60,000 seater stadium to have rail seating installed.

The system is used in German and Austrian stadiums and will accommodate 2,600 supporters at Celtic Park for the start of the 2016-17 season.

Chief executive Peter Lawwell said: “Celtic has worked tirelessly on this issue and we are delighted that this permission has finally been granted.

“The introduction of rail seating at Celtic Park represents an investment in spectator safety.

“Across football globally, the reality is that some supporters are choosing to stand at matches.

“This is something we must accept and manage and also understand the positive effect which these areas have on atmosphere at matches.

“Celtic’s primary objective will always be the safety and comfort of its supporters — this new system will now allow fans to stand safely at matches.

“Rail seating has been in place in European football for some time and there has been considerable demand for some form of “safe standing” within the UK and particularly from our supporters.

“We are sure the rail seating section will prove very popular with supporters and we look forward to its introduction.

“I would like to thank Glasgow City Council for their support in delivering this measure and for the backing they have given to Celtic’s focus on safety at matches.”