Celtic studying feasibility of standing area at Celtic Park
Consideration being given to introducing standing but SPL rules would have to change.
Celtic have begun a study into the feasibility of bringing standing sections back to top-flight football.
Scottish Premier League stadia have been all-seated since 1994 but STV has learned that the possibility of introducing a standing section to Celtic Park is being investigated.
Letters have been issued to Celtic shareholders ahead of their AGM in mid-October and among proposed resolutions is a proposal by the Celtic Supporters Trust, though not the directors, to make alterations to the ground
The proposal details supporters thoughts on the issue and points out both social and financial benefits for supporters.
A response from the board within the document confirms that steps are already being taken to consider the viability of such a move.
It reads: “The Board welcomes the Trust’s interest in this issue and is pleased to confirm that a feasibility study is already underway, under the direction of the Chief Executive.”
Although law currently prevents standing areas for top flight clubs in England and Wales, there is no such legislation in Scots law. However, Scottish Premier League rules currently prevent standing within grounds in their competition.
STV understands that eight of the 12 member clubs would have to vote in favour of a change to the rules on the issue but should Celtic’s study return positive conclusions the matter may be put before the League.