Aberdeen’s commercial director Robert Wicks has provided supporters of the Dons and Celtic with some hopeful news ahead of the Scottish Cup semi-final next month.
Celtic and Aberdeen are set to meet in what should’ve been last season’s Scottish Cup semi on October 31st. As things stand, there will be no fans attending the game despite the upcoming test events.
The Pittodrie side will host 300 supporters in a trial event when they host Motherwell this weekend. Ross County, meanwhile, will do the same when Celtic go to Dingwall on Saturday.
But Dons chief Wicks has his eyes set on potentially being able to get fans into Hampden too. Speaking in comments published by the Evening Express, Wicks stated that he was optimistic:
“We are waiting for news on that (Scottish Cup semi-final) and we are hopeful. We would be encouraged if there was an opportunity.
“We have seen the successful SRU trial starting to move positively towards getting fans back.
“The more success we have with these early-stage trials, the more likelihood there is of seeing fans at the semi-final and the final as well.”
Would Hampden come under the bracket of an away game?
What has been stressed for the upcoming trial matches is that supporters who are attending can only be those who live near the venue. The Daily Mail reported that the Ross County fans attending on Saturday will be those who are the most local to the stadium.
Hampden offers a different challenge for clubs as well as the Scottish government. With no away supporters currently being allowed to attend due to the logistics side of things, would the likes of Aberdeen be allowed to take their fans to Glasgow?
You get the feeling that the government would feel a tad uneasy about 300-800 or so Aberdonians making their way down to Hampden. The size of stadiums isn’t affecting the number of fans who can attend as of yet.
Nicola Sturgeon commented on the trial games earlier today and provided a rather ominous warning. As quoted by Glasgow Live, the First Minister said: “Clearly we are in a changing situation right and I think, certainly, in future we may be a bit more mindful about things like this while the numbers are looking like they are.”
Take from that what you will, but it sounds as though she has more to say on this in her announcement in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow.
But as for Aberdeen’s Wicks, he’s clearly hopeful of getting fans in for the Scottish Cup tie next month. Here’s hoping that’s a possibility, but it will only happen if the weekend’s test events are a success.