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Celtic to receive 960 tickets as Red Imps clash stays in Gibraltar

Chairman Derek Alman says moving the clash away from home would be a 'logistical nightmare'.

Celtic will play at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar
Celtic will play at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar Creative Commons

Celtic are set to be handed 960 tickets for their Champions League qualifier against Lincoln Red Imps with the club's chairman insisting the first leg will take place in Gibraltar.

A 2-0 win over Flora Tallin of Estonia saw the part-time side reach the second round of qualifying.

When Scotland were drawn against Gibraltar during qualifying for Euro 2016, the away match was moved to Faro in Portugal.

However Derek Alman has confirmed the opening game on Tuesday, July 12 will be held at the 2,000 capacity Victoria Stadium with the Scottish champions set to receive less than 1,000 tickets.

"It is definitely coming to Gibraltar," Alman told Press Association Sport.

"We had thoughts in that direction a week ago with the possibility of us getting through to the second round. But we had to wait until last night to be certain, to be able to make arrangements, which gives us only four days for tickets and security arrangements in places such as Portugal so that is a logistical nightmare.

"We wouldn't be able to do that, it would jeopardise the success of the match.

"We know we are foregoing a huge financial prize but I think we would rather keep it small and manageable. At the end of the day we are a small club.

"We are hoping to be able to allocate 960 (tickets to Celtic fans). With the design of the stadium and the segregation of the fans, it works out well for us to give one side of the stadium to Celtic.

"We have just two main stands directly opposite each other so it is more secure for Celtic fans to be in one stand and local fans to be in the other.

"We know Brendan Rodgers knows Gibraltar as he has been a visitor here so he probably knows the stadium well enough."

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