Lessons must be learnt from last Celtic vs Hibernian Hampden semi

By Hamish Carton

September 25, 2019

Celtic must demand more than an equal share of tickets for November’s Betfred Cup semi-final against Hibernian.

The pair will face each other at the last four stage for the second time in three seasons, after the Hoops thumped Partick Thistle 5-0 and Hibs saw off Kilmarnock on penalties.

Strangely enough, in 2017 the Hoops, led by Brendan Rodgers beat Neil Lennon’s Hibees 4-2 at Hampden before seeing off Motherwell in the final.

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However one of the enduring images of that clash were the empty seats behind one of the nets – the Hibernian section. That was after the Leith club failed to shift nearly all of their tickets despite demanding an equal share.

Back in 2017, a Celtic source blasted the Edinburgh club in a response to the Daily Record.

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Celtic were far from happy with Hibernian

The Celtic spokesperson said: “Celtic Football Club is extremely disappointed to learn so many tickets will be unsold for such a prestigious and eagerly awaited match.

“Hibernian demanded an even split of tickets but as it stands have only sold half of their allocation.

“It is totally unacceptable that we have thousands more season-ticket holders wishing to attend the match but they will now not be able to, whilst thousands of seats lie empty.

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“This is not for the first time this has happened and we will be writing to the SPFL on a matter which needs to be addressed.”

With that in mind surely the SPFL must give the Hoops support a far bigger percentage of the National Stadium this time round. Celtic will be able to shift at least 30,000 tickets for the match so we should be given the opportunity to do so.

Our loyal fans are often treated unfairly in these showpiece occasions with tickets going to part-time supporters of smaller clubs. This should be a good chance for the SPFL to set the record straight and assure a full stadium for what should be a great match.