Celtic season ticket sales pass 50,000 mark
By Jordan Campbell
Last Updated: 09/06/17 7:54am
Celtic have announced they have sold more than 50,000 season tickets for the 2017/2018 season.
Following a historic season in which Brendan Rodgers' side achieved an unbeaten treble, demand has been such that a waiting list has been devised for the first time since Martin O'Neill was in charge.
The spike in sales mirror the reinvigorated performances shown under the tutelage of the Northern Irishman coach, who himself pledged to fill the stands at Parkhead once again when he was paraded as Celtic boss last summer.
Celtic sold 40,000 season tickets in 2012/2013, 41,000 in 2013/2014, 39,000 in 2014/15 and 41,000 in 2015/2016 before Rodgers took charge.
Stand closures were enforced in several cup games due to poor crowds, which sunk to as low as 13,500 against Raith Rovers, but this term the Scottish champions are having to advise supporters on how to get their hands on tickets due to being oversubscribed with applications.
A statement on the club's official website read: "We are delighted that so many fans want to share in this exciting season and everyone at Celtic would like to sincerely thank our season book holders for their continued commitment to the club."
Scotland boasts the record of having the most attendees per head of population in Europe, and with Dundee United the only major team absent from the top-flight, the figures are promising for the SFA and the SPFL.
Rangers announced three weeks ago that they had broken through the 35,000 barrier and are expected to surpass last year's record total of 43,000, while Hearts and Hibs are thought to have sold more than 10,000 too.