Manchester United's visit to Scottish champions should be welcomed by West Ham fans

General view outside the stadium before the match

Manchester United have been canvassing fans and paid a visit to Scottish champions Celtic and it could have repercussions for West Ham United's own plans for standing areas.

The Hammers want to introduce safe standing at their new 66,000 seater Olympic Stadium home in Premier League with co-owner David Gold having held talks already back in September.

Gold is a big advocate for safe standing and has been in the early process of trying to add a non-seating section to the London Stadium to help raise the atmosphere.

West Ham discussed the idea with the same company who installed the Ferco Seating system at Celtic Park in the summer, as reported by The Sun.

West Ham co chairman David GoldWest Ham co-owner David Gold

Gold said: “I have been speaking with the people who put in the rail seating at Celtic Park.

“I have been an advocate of this for many years and it is something I am working on.

“We are working on it. I believe in it, we are in touch and we will do everything we can to resolve the issue."

The Hammers were reportedly set to meet with the FA and Premier League about the idea but a woeful second season under Slaven Bilic and a number of issues with the stadium move have taken priority.

Celtic fans as New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented after the press conferenceCeltic fans stand at Celtic Park

Whether the Hammers have the clout to push through such a major change of rules over stadia is debatable.

So it is great news for the East Londoners and their fans that Manchester United - the only team in the country with more season ticket holders than West Ham - have followed in their footsteps by visiting Celtic for the same reason.

The Red Devils have even started canvassing the opinion of supporters about the introduction of safe standing at Old Trafford, as reported by Sky Sports.

According to reports, "fans were given a map of Old Trafford and told to pinpoint three areas in which they believed were best to house those who want to stand."

If any club in England does have the influence to push through major changes it is Manchester United.

West Ham fans would relish safe standing given problems with infighting among sections of supporters since the move over certain sections standing throughout games and obstructing the view of those wanting to remain seated.

Some fans have even been ejected and had season tickets revoked over the issue.

A safe standing section at the Olympic Stadium would not only potentially improve the atmosphere at the controversial ground but also solve infighting in one fell swoop.

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