Celtic are set to take on Northern Irish side Linfield FC in a Champions League second qualifying round match on Friday night. Due to possible crowd trouble in Belfast, the Scottish club are offering fans the chance to see the game for just £5 in Glasgow via big screen.
Celtic’s board decided against taking the allocated tickets for the fixture, and instead will allow fans to watch the match at Parkhead in the Kerrydale Bar on big screens. Tickets cost a mere £5 and supporters will be receive halftime snacks.
— Kerrydale Bar (@KerrydaleBar) July 11, 2017
Despite the offer from Celtic for fans to book their place at the Kerrydale Bar, there are still expectations that plenty of the club’s fans will make their way to Belfast for the fixture. Many believe that it could result in crowd violence.
Linfield chairman Roy McGivern believes the team will still be well represented in Belfast.
“Tickets sales close on Thursday and the police will have time to have a plan in place for those Celtic fans who go against the wishes of their club and come to the game.
“I won’t get into the operational matters but the police are working with us and they have a robust plan in place and believe they can deal with any situation.
“I’d be amazed if there weren’t any Celtic fans inside the ground.”