Dundee United boss delivers verdict on why Celtic allocation has been cut tomorrow

By David Walton

March 13, 2022

Dundee United boss Tam Courts has stated that the club cut Celtic’s ticket allocation because they’re backing their own fans to make a big atmosphere tomorrow night.

United will host the Hoops in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup at Tannadice in what’s shaping up to be an absolute cracker in the City of Discovery.

Traditionally, Celtic supporters would be given The Shed end for this fixture. This amounts to around 2,000 tickets. It came after a ticketing dispute in which United stated that the Hoops wanted the fixture to cost fans more than the £27 price. A Celtic spokesperson told the Scottish Sun the club was “hugely disappointed” in missing out.

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But Courts has given his own verdict on it and states that United were determined to hold back as many tickets for home fans as possible. Speaking to DUTV, Courts said: “We know that there was a real motivation from the club to retain as many tickets as possible for Dundee United fans. We did also know that we weren’t in full control of the ticket pricing. So we were always running a risk where we create some empty seats.

“But by the same token the club have a lot of faith in the fan base, whether that’s home, away, cup or league, that they give us absolute backing when they can. We understand that it’s obviously an expense and we as a team and a football club have to look to put on a performance for the fans and target taking them to Hampden. That’s the ultimate incentive.

“It’s a huge game, we are not favourites, we are up against one of the best teams in the league, in great form. But also it’s a team we have fared reasonably well against from a  performance perspective and a game plan perspective. We are playing knockout football, the tie will be won or lost on Monday night and we are at this stage of the competition because we deserve it, and we are motivated to progress.”

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Dundee United are entitled to do whatever they want when it comes to their ticketing for the Celtic game. Fair play to them if they feel they can sell it out.

Frustration of course for Celtic fans after we were also struck with a ticket decrease for December’s trip to Tannadice too. Remember, Storm Arwen rattled Tannadice and ensured sections of the Jerry Kerr Stand, where Celtic fans would’ve been housed, needed repairing.

So it’s annoying that Celtic supporters have again been struck with a cut in their allocation. Even if this is down to United backing their own fans more than anything else.

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It’s difficult to argue against them doing it. It’s more just an annoyance that fewer Celtic supporters will be able to attend. It’ll be interesting now to see if our foes raise their game for what’s going to be a big game for both sides.

But the truth is this is likely just down to United listening to their supporters. After the Hoops’ 3-0 win at Tannadice back in December, their fans weren’t happy with Celtic being given the Shed. Evidently, they believed that it gave us a sporting advantage.

They’re appeasing their own and it’s difficult to give a logical argument against that. Here’s hoping, however, that it blows up in their faces regardless.

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