Kris Boyd says Rangers suffered more than Celtic from Old Firm away fan lockout

Kris Boyd claims the Old Firm away fan lockout hurt Rangers more than it did Celtic.

A five per cent away allocation has been put in place by the SPFL from 2024/25 onwards after Glasgow derbies were played without visiting supporters last season. It means that around 2,500 to 3,000 Hoops fans will be allowed inside Ibrox, with the same number of Gers punters at Parkhead.

Rangers first slashed Celtic's allocation from 7,000 to around 750 tickets in 2018, with their rivals immediately reciprocating. Both clubs have been involved in a tit-for-tat ever since, eventually leading to zero briefs being made available. But Boyd claims Gers suffered most by the fallout after facing the wrath of their fans last season for failing to win any home games against Celtic.

The former Light Blues striker told Sky Sports: "It's crucial for Scottish football. There's nothing worse when you turn up to our biggest game and there's no away fans there. I think it's hindered Rangers more than Celtic to be honest. You go back to the first game at Ibrox last year.

"The place was bouncing and then all of a sudden Celtic scored and the Rangers fans vented their anger on the pitch. They had nowhere else to go with it so at least if there's fans in there, they can have the banter between each other, as long as it's friendly banter shall we say!"

Meanwhile Chris Sutton is relieved to see a resolution to the ongoing fallout and says it can only improve the image of Scottish football.

He said: "It's massively important. This has been going on for too long. This is one of the biggest fixtures in world football. It was more a shame on Scottish football that away fans weren't allowed in because the fixture is better for away fans.

"I remember my first Celtic vs Rangers game, the demolition derby where we beat Rangers 6-2, I still think about walking out the tunnel and hearing both sets of fans. It was probably the best atmosphere I've ever played in. So it's great to see and the game is better for away fans in."