Celtic were today given the go-ahead to introduce a safe standing area inside their stadium.
The Parkhead club have been in talks for over five years regarding the introduction of a rail seating system at Celtic Park.
And Hoops chief executive Peter Lawwell today welcomed the news that they had been granted permission in a statement on the club’s official website.
Lawwell said: “Celtic has worked tirelessly on this issue and we are delighted that this permission has finally been granted.
“The introduction of rail seating at Celtic Park represents an investment in spectator safety. Across football globally, the reality is that some supporters are choosing to stand at matches. This is something we must accept and manage and also understand the positive effect which these areas have on atmosphere at matches
“Celtic’s primary objective will always be the safety and comfort of its supporters – this new system will now allow fans to stand safely at matches.”
The new model of seating within Celtic Park will see them become the first side in the UK to bring it into play.
It will also see the Scottish champions come into line with regulations followed by German sides like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
“Rail seating has been in place in European football for some time and there has been considerable demand for some form of ‘safe standing’ within the UK and particularly from our supporters. We are sure the rail seating section will prove very popular with supporters and we look forward to its introduction.
“I would like to thank Glasgow City Council for their support in delivering this measure and for the backing they have given to Celtic’s focus on safety at matches.”
And the Celtic fans have been welcoming the news with delight this afternoon on Twitter.
Well another first in the history of Celtic and football in the UK Safe standing hail hail and congratulations @celticfc
— sarah jamieson (@Saz1981Sj) June 9, 2015
Brilliant news about the safe standing at Celtic Park the best atmosphere in the world is only going to get better now
— Sean Owens (@seanowens1888) June 9, 2015
Well done to Celtic for leading on safe standing and getting the go ahead to install it for those who want a choice http://t.co/BCT8Rpq4jH
— Daniel Nicolson (@danielnicolson) June 9, 2015
As much as I despise Celtic, it's about time someone in the UK installed safe standing. Even if it is only a small section of the ground.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing7) June 9, 2015
Safe standing approved at celtic park superb news! Take me to your paradise I want to see the jungle ? #Celtic
— Erin Keegan (@erinkeeganx) June 9, 2015
Good on Celtic managing to get safe-standing. Hope it's successful so that we can have it in every single ground across the UK
— Matthew (@mtthwrks) June 9, 2015