Celtic have told of their disappointment after being told they can host 9000 fans inside Parkhead for their Champions League qualifier against FC Midtjylland.

The Hoops had hoped for around 20,000 supporters in attendance but the Scottish government - while upping the initial number - would not grant permission for the desired capacity.

Celts pushed for more but were left frustrated.

Though in a brief statement confirming the numbers, the club did not seem deterred about future matches having even more punters inside Parkhead.

And they explained a ballot system for which fans get tickets for the crunch tie will be released shortly.

"Clearly, we have worked tirelessly in this area," the statement read. "We had pushed for many more fans to be given access and of course we are disappointed that more supporters will not be able to attend.

"However, we really look forward to welcoming our fans for the match on Tuesday, as we do on Saturday when we meet Preston North End.

"We can assure our supporters we will be doing all we can to work closely with the relevant authorities and welcome our fans back in even greater numbers in the coming weeks.  

"Details on match ticket balloting will be shared in the next 24 hours, but in the meantime we ask that you continue to familiarise yourself with our new protocols for reduced capacity matches at Celtic Park – full details of which can be found on the Celtic website here.

"We want nothing more than to welcome as many fans back to the stadium as quickly as possible, and therefore appreciate your patience as we continue to work behind the scenes to make that happen."