Celtic set to become the first British club to trial safe standing

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Celtic are gearing up for the 2016/2017 Scottish Premier League season with the added bonus of a 2,600 capacity safe standing area.

Celtic will be the first club in Britain to trial rail seating following the success which it has enjoyed in the German Bundesliga.

The Bhoys finally received the green light from Glasgow City Council after initial concerns about safety, with the Mirror reporting that work on the stadium is now underway. 


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Standing in football stadia has long been a subject of debate, with the Football Supporters' Federation stating that clubs can throw fans out who refuse to sit. 

Game-day experience 

Despite this, standing persists at the majority of football clubs, which suggests there is a demand for safe standing sections, which could make football supporters' experience more enjoyable.

And Celtic may have paved the way for other clubs to follow suit. 

Understandably, there is a stigma around standing at football grounds because of the Hillsborough disaster, but it has been proven in Germany that rail seating can provide a safe and enjoyable experience. In effect, it's terracing, but not as it was once known. 

Famous atmosphere 

Celtic’s safe standing section will be located in the corner of Celtic Park, an area which houses some of the club's most fanatical supporters, the Green Brigade. They have previously suffered from overcrowding in their section. 

The 2,600 capacity standing section will now allow the fans to bring colour, noise and an unrivalled atmosphere without the fear of putting Celtic Park’s safety certificate at risk. Standing has long been a controversial issue, but this could be the ideal solution. 

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