It was confirmed by the BBC that Celtic are set to introduce a safe standing area at Parkhead, starting from the 2016-17 season.
It will accommodate 2,600 fans, and will see the Bhoys become the first club in the Scottish top-flight to secure such an area.
It is a groundbreaking achievement, and one that many people want to see replicate all across the United Kingdom. Celtic may be the first club to have incorporated such an area, and it could lead the way to many more following suit.
One man who is suitably impressed at Celtic’s achievement is west ham co-owner David Gold, who tweeted praise to the Bhoys following the news.
Congratulations Celtic for being the first club to introduce a safe standing area I am confident that this is just the beginning. dg— David Gold (@davidgold) June 10, 2015
Well done Celtic. Purpose built safe standings areas are considerably safer than the illegal and anti social standing we have at present. dg— David Gold (@davidgold) June 10, 2015
Gold is certainly impressed with the work being done at Parkhead, and with safe standing far better than the continual standing up of fans in seating areas, it surely will not be too long before it is introduced in England.
West Ham are the kind of club that would thrive in a stadium with standing areas once again, and with Gold backing Celtic’s decision, it could be the Hammers who are the club leading the charge for the legalisation of safe standing in the English game.