The rivalry between Celtic and Rangers (the ‘Old Firm’) is one of the fiercest in world football, and you’re gonna have to pick one or the other to support when in this vibrant Scottish city.
The two teams rarely play at home at the same time (to reduce violence between fans), so when in Glasgow you’ll probably only see one or the other. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to check out a Celtic match in Glasgow.
1. What’s so special about going to a Celtic FC match in Glasgow?
Even if you’re not the biggest sports fan, the atmosphere in Celtic Park stadium is out of this world. You’ll experience first hand Celtic’s heritage and culture that has made the club famous and renowned the world over.
The Celtic fans are incredibly passionate, and you’ll soon be shouting among the crowds in the stand. As largest football stadium in Scotland, Celtic Park holds nearly 60,500 people.
2. How do I get there?
Celtic Park is in the East End of Glasgow. You can drive there (there’s first-come, first-served parking on Janefield Street) but we suggest taking public transport as the car park gets full very fast.
Buses from Glasgow City Centre: From Glasgow City Centre, the Nos. 2, 61, 64, 255 and 240 buses go to Tollcross Road and you would get off at the Parkhead Forge Shopping Centre and walk down to Celtic Park.
Trains from Queen Street Station: Trains from Queen Street to Bellgrove take you to within 20 minutes walk of the ground.
Trains from Glasgow City Centre: Trains from Glasgow Central or Argyle Street to Dalmarnock and Bridgeton take you to within 15 minutes walk of the ground.
3. How much does it cost?
Adult tickets start from £20, and go up to £35 for bigger matches – these tend to sell out in a flash.
The Ticket Office opening hours for matchdays are as follows:
Saturday/Sunday (3pm kick-off) – 10.30am til kick-off
Saturday/Sunday (early kick-off) – 9.00am til kick-off
Weekday matches – 10.30am til kick-off
4. How long does it take?
If you don’t know that a football match is 90 minutes long with a 15-minute interval, then you might need to brush up on your knowledge in advance. It will take about an hour to get to Celtic Park by the time you get off the bus and walk to your seat in the stadium.
Celtic Park opens 90 minutes before kick-off.
In total, you can expect an entire afternoon to be dedicated to visiting Celtic Park.
5. When’s the best time to go?
Premiership matches usually take place on Saturday afternoons, so keep an eye out for tickets for this. With a 3pm kick-off, you can enjoy the match for the afternoon and then continue the evening in a pub in Glasgow.
6. Where will I get the best photos?
Fans will love the stadium tours, particularly getting to sit in the dugout on the pitch. You’ll also grab some great photos of you and your mates in the stands themselves.
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7. Any insider tips?
- Alcohol is NOT permitted in the stadium, so don’t even think about trying to sneak it in
- Pick up your ticket early and take a stadium tour before kick-off. Saturday matchday tours are at 9.30am, 10am, 10.30am and 11am.
- Number 7 restaurant at the stadium is nice for a pre-match lunch, but be sure to book in advance. There’s also the Kerrydale Bar, which is open after the match for those with match day tickets.