Celtic at Murrayfield: Businesses are divided

Upto  67,000 fans could head to Murrayfield for a Celtic Champions League match. Picture: Robert Perry
Upto 67,000 fans could head to Murrayfield for a Celtic Champions League match. Picture: Robert Perry
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RESIDENTS and businesses near Murrayfield Stadium are divided over possible plans to stage Celtic’s likely European Championship qualifying ties in Edinburgh next year.

People living in the area say the possible influx of up to 67,000 fans would be a huge boost to the local economy.

But others say they are concerned about behaviour of supporters and the mess they might create.

The club is considering using Murrayfield Stadium because Celtic Park will be unavailable due to the Commonwealth Games..

Lynn Mouat, 34, a bartender at the nearby Roseburn Bar, said: “Whenever Celtic play Hearts at Tynecastle they often come in here and very well behaved. However, some businesses aren’t so keen. Tesco across the road has put on extra security or even closed, as has the Murrayfield Bar.”

An SRU spokesman said no formal offer had been made yet, but that “we’re in the business of bringing major events to Murrayfield.”