CELTIC have begun work today on constructing the first safe standing area at Parkhead.

The Bhoys were given permission to create a 3,000 capacity section of rail seating last summer and the work to clear existing seats began at the end of the season.

Construction will continue over the next few weeks after the first rail seats were put in today and the new section should be completed before the start of the 2016/17 campaign.

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A club statement said: "Demand from supporters for a place in the revamped area has been huge as the club embarks on a new era under manager Brendan Rodgers and the first rail seats of the new section in the North East corner of the stadium were put in place today.

"Work will continue throughout the coming weeks to complete the project ahead of the start of the 2016/17 season.

"The introduction of the rail seating section is seen as a significant investment in spectator safety by the club, allowing fans in the area to stand safely at matches."