Liverpool fans back Celtic's safe standing
By Richard Cooke
Last Updated: 01/04/18 10:46am
Liverpool fans who went to inspect Celtic's safe standing area say they were impressed by what they saw.
Members of the Spirit of Shankly group travelled to Celtic Park for the match against Ross County as part of ongoing discussions around rail seating.
They were accompanied by "fellow supporters, Hillsborough families and survivors" in order to gain a more informed understanding of the facility.
Some in the Liverpool supporters group were sceptical about the idea when they arrived in Glasgow but their views altered when they got a look at the seating first hand.
One fan commented: "It's a much safer environment because people will stand at the match anyway so if they are going to stand they may as well do it in a much safer area like this."
A supporter who was at Hillsborough said: "I have always held the view that if anybody at all is opposed to rail seating then I would oppose it and that has been my thought for years.
"I was, until half an hour ago, opposed to the idea of introducing rail seating but this visit has been a real game-changer for me."
Another added: "I don't feel it would be problematic, it feels more comfortable, it's been an interesting experience."
Celtic's rail seating section is in the north east corner of Celtic Park and houses around 2,600 fans for domestic matches. The area is seated for European games.
The seating was installed just under two years ago after a safety certificate was issued. Celtic Park became the first top flight stadium in the UK to implement the system.
Last year 18,000 Liverpool fans took part in a poll on rail seating run by Spirit of Shankly and 88 per cent voted in favour.