Celtic‘s friendly with West Ham this weekend will see the Parkhead side allowed 18,500 fans inside Celtic Park this weekend – leaving Old Firm rivals Rangers reportedly furious after they were only given permission for 8500 to attend Ibrox a few hours earlier.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers host Brighton in Glasgow’s southside two hours before Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic welcome Davie Moyes’ Hammers to the east end, as the Old Firm prepare for next weekend’s Premiership curtain-raiser.

A statement from Celtic confirmed the increased capacity for the West Ham, coming hot on the heels of Rangers announcing the limits allowed in for the friendlies with Brighton and Real.

“Following today’s meeting with the local Safety Advisory Group, we have been informed that around 18,500 supporters will be permitted access to Saturday’s friendly against West Ham United at Celtic Park.

“We are also encouraged by the indicative figure of around 24,500 for the subsequent home game in Paradise from the Safety Advisory Group.

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“We were delighted to have our supporters with us last night for the game against FC Midtjylland, and we really look forward to welcoming our fans once again for the match this Saturday.

“We can assure our supporters we will be doing all we can to work closely with the relevant authorities and welcome our fans back in even greater numbers in the coming weeks.”

According to the Daily Record, an Ibrox source has said the Rangers board “simply cannot understand” why there can be such a big difference just hours apart, claiming: “The board are not happy about this at all.

“They simply cannot understand why Glasgow City Council are only allowing them to welcome in 8,500 fans to Ibrox when there will be double that at Parkhead for a game kicking-off two hours before. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Across the two Ibrox fixtures this weekend, Rangers will be allowed just over 21,000 fans in, with 8500 in attendance v Brighton and a further 12750 tickets available for the Real Madrid game.

While Celtic Park does hold 10000 more fans than Ibrox, there seems little rhyme or reason behind the numbera being given access.

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