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Green light for Celtic Park expansion plans

Celtic Football Club’s plans to expand Celtic Park and build new hotel, museum, retail and ticket office facilities have been given the green light.

The Scottish champions unveiled plans earlier this year to regenerate the area around Celtic Park and those have now been approved by Glasgow City Council.

The hotel will be based on London Road, outside the main stand of Celtic Park and across from the Emirates Arena.

No objections were lodged to the plans and the decision notice states that building work must be started within three years.

The application is part of Celtic’s long-standing masterplan for the area, a vision which aims to deliver benefits to the club and its supporters and allow further regeneration of the East End of the city. The club said in a statement:

It is important to emphasise that considerable work and investment over a number of years would be required to bring this project to fruition.

Celtic aims to be a world-class football club in everything it does. We are pleased to have made significant investment in recent years to develop the stadium and public realm area for the benefit of our supporters.

Any further development of this kind would be a hugely positive step for the club, for our supporters and for the local community, but we understand there would be a number of challenges to overcome to complete a development of this scale.

In a statement to the council in support of their application, Celtic said the development would create up to 120 jobs, provide an economic boost to the area and reduce congestion around the stadium.

A spokesperson for Celtic added:

We are very pleased that initial planning permission has been granted. Clearly, there is still considerable work to be done in bringing such an ambitious project to fruition. However, we will now engage with other relevant parties to assess this potential development.