Celtic Park standing area work begins

Workers install the new safe-standing barriers at Celtic Park
The new section will be ready for 23 July

Celtic have begun the process of installing rail seats in their new "safe-standing" area of their stadium.

Celtic Park will be the first ground in Scotland to pilot the use of the rail seats that can flip back to allow spectators to stand.

The area will accommodate 3,000 supporters.

It will be in use for all domestic matches, but the seats must be fixed down for all European games because of Uefa regulations.

The area is scheduled to open in time for Celtic's pre-season meeting with Leicester City on 23 July.

Carlton Cole celebrates scoring for Celtic
Carlton Cole scored once for Celtic - in the Scottish Cup against Stranraer

Meanwhile, Celtic have confirmed the departure of striker Carlton Cole.

The former England striker, who left West Ham United last summer, signed a two-year contract in October.

However, the 32-year-old made only five appearances - and scored once - for the Scottish champions.

Cole last featured as a substitute in an 8-1 thrashing of Hamilton Academical in January.

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