Celtic confirm why there will be no Hearts fans at Premier Sports Cup tie despite return of capacity crowds
There will be no Hearts fans at this weekend’s Premier Sports Cup tie against Celtic at Parkhead despite the return of capacity crowds.
Robbie Neilson’s men make the journey along the M8 hoping to cause another upset after defeating Celtic in the Scottish Premiership opener last weekend.
A crowd of 5500 home fans watched the 2-1 win at Tynecastle, and Hearts supporters had hoped to make the journey to Celtic Park to see if their side could pull off a league and cup double.
The Parkhead side can welcome full houses back inside their 60,000-seater arena after Glasgow City Council granted permission last week, but there will be no allocation for away supporters this weekend.
The club has confirmed that no Hearts supporters will be able to attend due to the need for ‘red zones’ within the stadium, with some seats remaining closed off in order to maintain player and staff bubbles.
The last 16 fixture takes place on Sunday with a 3pm kick-off and is being broadcast live on Premier Sports 1.
A Hearts statement read: “Celtic have confirmed that no tickets will be issued to away supporters this Sunday.
“This is due to the need for sections of the stadium to remain sterile in order to maintain a Red Zone, resulting in affected home supporters being moved to other areas of the ground.”
Hearts have confirmed they will also have red zones within Tynecastle after the City of Edinburgh Council granted permission for the return of capacity crowds.
The Jambos are due to have a full house for the visit of Aberdeen on Saturday, August 21, although the game will be moved to the Sunday if the Dons progress in Europe.