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Celtic's success hits SPL attendances


Celtic's runaway success in the Scottish Premier League may be hitting attendances as fans lose interest in a one horse race.

A critical match for Hamilton Academicals with Aberdeen saw just 2,006 fans in the 5,500 seater stadium with just two lonely souls in the East Stand.   Hamilton's average attendance this season has shrunk from 3,024 to 2,584.

At Aberdeen, where the Piltodrie Stadium seats 21,000, the average crowd is down from 13,084 to 12,154.   There have been plenty of empty spaces at Motherwell's Fir Park which seats 13,677 but the average attendance has dropped from 4,912 to 4,558.

Celtic's attendances have remained buoyant.  However, four Celtic league games in October and November drew an audience of less than 100.000.   A normal audience would be in the range 150,000 to 190,000.