Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow to give foreign fans Champions League welcome

Image caption Celtic host Barcelona, Ajax and AC Milan during October and November

Glasgow is to lay on a Champions League welcome to foreign fans visiting the city to watch their team play Celtic.

Fan zones, showing the games and featuring entertainment and music, will be running in Merchant Square for Ajax, Barcelona and AC Milan supporters.

The city's promotional website People Make Glasgow has also been launched in Spanish, Italian and Dutch versions.

Scottish Champions Celtic host Barcelona, Ajax and AC Milan on 1 October, 22 October and 26 November.

About 5,000 foreign fans are expected in Glasgow over the three dates.

It is hoped efforts to help them enjoy their stay will also bring financial benefits for the city's businesses.

Glasgow City Council leader Cllr Gordon Matheson said: "Glasgow is renowned for its warm welcome, particularly for visiting football fans, and there's always a colourful, party atmosphere on match day when the Champions League comes to town.

"We're also no stranger to big footballing occasions having hosted the Champions League final in 2002 and the UEFA Cup final in 2007."

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