The away allocation for Old Firm clashes between Rangers and Celtic has been reduced in recent seasons.

Barry Ferguson has urged those in power to allow Rangers and Celtic’s away fans to travel in big number for Old Firm clashes, with the duo set to meet on Sunday.

The former midfielder claimed that when he was playing, the atmosphere was ‘unbelievable’ at Ibrox, not just because of the home supporters, but because of the ‘seven to eight thousand’ Celtic fans. 

Both clubs have restricted the away ticket allocations for Old Firm derbies, which is a disappointment because it is the real fans who miss out at the end of the day. 

Speaking to PLZ Soccer’s official YouTube account (28/08/2019), Ferguson claimed that ‘you can ask any player’ about how Celtic fans used to help generate a great atmosphere at Ibrox.  

“I think if you ask any player when I was playing, I can only go by my experiences,” Ferguson told PLZ Soccer. “And when I ran out of that tunnel [at Ibrox], it was great because there were seven to eight thousand Celtic fans baying for your blood. It was unbelievable. 

“The atmosphere. They made it! I just hope they sit around the table and get on with it and sort this out. Honestly, you can ask any player that played [the Old Firm] it makes a difference.”

At this moment in time, there will be a large number of Celtic fans travelling to Sweden because their team is one game away from qualifying for the Europa League stages. 

Neil Lennon’s side hold a two-goal lead against AIK, and anything other than a defeat would ensure that their name will be in the hat for the Europa League group stages. 

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