The BBC confirmed this week that the Premier League “want more evidence” before safe standing is introduced to England’s top-flight, with sports minister Tracey Crouch having rejected West Brom’s request to for a trial run.
However, despite it appearing unlikely that we will see safe standing in the Premier League’s near future, one of the division’s top pundits is clearly in favour of making the switch… thanks to the Scottish champions.
Keown, who made over 320 appearances for the Gunners over two spells, was answering questions in his Daily Mail column, when he arrived at the topic.
The 51-year-old openly admitted he would like to see safe standing introduced across the board, especially after seeing it in action at Celtic Park, while watching his son Niall Keown play for Partick Thistle.
“I am in favour of safe standing,” Keown said.
“It has been proved to work in Europe and plenty of supporters are standing anyway as it is.”
“I have seen safe standing in action at Celtic Park when watching my son Niall play there with Partick Thistle.”
“It improves the atmosphere as the Celtic fans who stand are singing throughout.”
Keown’s positive review on Celtic Park’s safe standing comes after Liverpool supporters group Spirit of Shankly visited the stadium and described the set-up as a “real game-changer”.
It’s not too often that Scottish football is praised for it’s innovation… but it’s clear in this case that Celtic are blazing a trail which other British teams will surely follow, eventually.