Celtic & Rangers among the top 20 in the world as new study ranks attendances


CELTIC and Rangers boast average attendances which place them in the top 20 of world football, according to a new study.

Research done by the CIES Football Observatory in Switzerland has ranked the Hoops at number 16, with an average of 49,697 fans coming through the turnstiles at Parkhead.

Rangers find themselves two places lower in the list with 49,054 paying punters.

CIES’s research covers a period between 2013 and 2018. However, the Gers’ average attendance only includes the two full campaigns since they returned to the Premiership in 2016.

German giants Borussia Dortmund (80,230) lead the way, followed by Manchester United (75,218), Barcelona (74,876) and Bayern (73,781). Hamburg, where Scotland defender David Bates is currently plying his trade, come in at eighth spot with 52,349.

Celtic also accounted for a higher percentage of their nation’s total attendance figure than any other club in the 42 different countries analysed.

Their figure of 36.5% was ahead of Hadjuk Split (33.9%), Crvena Zvezda (33.4%) and Maribor (32.5%).

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