Aberdeen have been given home advantage for next week’s Reserve Cup final against Celtic at Pittodrie.
The two sides are set to meet on March 17th, with kick-off at Pittodrie coming at 7pm, with ticket prices set at £5 for adults and £2 for under-16s.
Aberdeen announced the news on their official website, with the usual seating arrangements in place. Celtic fans who want to attend the game will be in their usual away area in the South Stand.
Celtic have managed to knock out Dundee, Morton, Dunfermline Athletic, and Hibernian to reach the cup final. However, Aberdeen have some real promising youngsters that will make this contest intriguing next week.
But this is a great experience for the young Celts who will be involved. For the likes of Karamoko Dembele, Stephen Welsh, and Scott Robertson to name a few – it’s a big chance to win a trophy that the club were knocked out of prematurely and at an early stage last season.
Could we see the likes of Patryk Klimala next week?
Neil Lennon will undoubtedly also be considering which of his first-team players he would like to drop down for the contest. Players such as Patryk Klimala, Ismaila Soro, and Moritz Bauer haven’t featured much.
It would be ideal to get as many youngsters involved as possible of course. Players who have played every round and ensured Celtic reached the final will expect some loyalty for the Pittodrie game in return.
However, it will be interesting to see whether Celtic look to add a bit of extra quality into the side to see the job through. Getting the likes of Klimala and Soro some cup final experience perhaps wouldn’t be a bad idea too.
It’s disappointing that Aberdeen are the side being given home advantage. Ideally, like the Youth Cup Final, it would seem more appropriate for the Reserve Cup final to take place at Hampden and give the youngsters some experience of the national team stadium.
For a cup final, either side having home advantage doesn’t feel right. But in any case, Tommy McIntyre and Stephen McManus will just have to get on with it as they prepare to bring a first trophy back to Lennoxtown under their partnership.
Hopefully, with a bit of luck, Celtic can see off what will be an energetic Dons side.