Killie justify increase for Hoops visits.
Byline: GAVIN BERRY
KILMARNOCK have defended their decision to charge Celtic fans more than supporters of other Premiership clubs.
The new pricing structure means briefs will cost the same whenever they are bought. Killie fans had complained as they had to pay more for tickets bought on matchday at Rugby Park.
Club chiefs responded by setting the price at PS20 but also warned that it won't apply for games against the Hoops.
A spokeswoman said: "It has always been the case that ticket prices were increased for games against the Old Firm.
"There are many reasons for it and one that has to be taken into account is that the cost of policing and stewarding goes up for these games."
Rangers punters were often charged more when they were in the top flight and a ticket pricing row between the Old Firm and their rivals broke out in 2008.
That came after the Glasgow giants added a five per cent fee for allocating away tickets to their fans. That led to some clubs charging more for the return fixture - or selling directly to Old Firm fans - to recoup the cash.
At the time ex-Killie chairman Michael Johnston accused the big two of stirring up "a hornet's nest". Above, Record Sport looks at the ticket policy of top-flight sides, plus Rangers and Hibs, which show four other Premiership clubs only raise prices for Celtic.
ROSS CO Category A - Aberdeen, Inverness, Celtic and Hearts PS22-PS26. Category B - PS20-PS24 ABERDEEN Adults PS21-PS28 regardless of opposition INVERNESS CT Category A - Celtic PS25-PS30. Category B - PS21-PS26 DUNDEE Category A - Celtic, Hearts, Aberdeen & Dundee United PS25. Category B - PS22 DUNDEE UTD Category A - Celtic, Dundee & Aberdeen PS22-PS25.
Category B - PS19-PS21 ST JOHNSTONE Category A - Celtic PS26. Category B - PS23 CELTIC Category A - Dundee Utd, Hearts & Aberdeen PS29 Category B - PS26.
MOTHERWELL Category A - Celtic PS27.
Category B - PS23.
PARTICK TH Category A - Celtic PS25. Category B - PS22 RANGERS Category A - Hibs, Queen of South and St Mirren PS19-PS32. Category B - PS17-PS29.
HIBS Category A - Rangers PS28 Category B - PS22 HAMILTON PS22 regardless of opposition.
HEARTS Category A - Aberdeen and Celtic PS26-PS32.
Category B - PS18-PS28 KILMARNOCK Category A - Celtic TBC.
Category B - PS20