This week we have had mixed reports and more rumours about Celtic v the Rangers fiasco friendly in Australia which is scheduled to take place in November. There are not too many fans of either team very keen on it taking place and now we are hearing it may be in doubt of taking place at all if todays newspapers are to be believed.
Celtic announced recently that they would be touring Australia during the winter shutdown for the World Cup and the tour has been billed as Ange’s homecoming but they stopped short of mentioning that the Rangers would be playing until they announced online that tickets would be on sale for the game.
Alternative View Editor, Matt McGlone joined me on Talk from the Terrace on the Celtic Soul Podcast and described the proposed friendly as show business and that Celtic could fill a stadium wherever they go against anyone and I think we all agree that we don’t need to be associated with the new club from across the city.
Celtic announced ticket details or the game against Sydney City and the Rangers in the Sydney Super Cup which should have been a great occasion for Aussie based Celtic fans and I’m sure the Sydney Celtic Supporters Club will be looking forward to welcoming travelling Celtic fans to their adopted city although the fact that the Rangers are part of the tour may just sour the taste for many fans who think it’s a step too far for financial reasons.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow for both games which are set to be played on Thursday 17 Nov. v Sydney City and Sunday 20 Nov. v the Rangers. The decision by the Celtic board to agree to play the Rangers in Australia is a strange one.
Andrew Milne is Editor of More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine which he started in 2001. He has been involved with fanzines since 1989 and has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast, Talk form the Terrace Podcast, Grand Auld History Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Murphy’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.