Hibernian left fuming by SPFL decision on Celtic final but win one concession

By John McGinley

November 22, 2021

Hibernian have been left “incredibly frustrated” by their allocation of 17,500 tickets for the Scottish League Cup final against Celtic.

Some had anticipated a 50/50 split of briefs for next month’s big match at Hampden, but the SPFL have decided to bank on Celtic supporters selling more.

However, they have received one concession from the tournament organisers, with the kick-off time moved to allow better travel options for the fans coming from Edinburgh.

The tribute to Celtic legend Bertie Auld at Hampden / (Photo by Hamish Carton / 67 Hail Hail)

A statement on the club website read: “As a club, we had a number of long and intense discussions with the SPFL fighting for an even split of tickets with Celtic for the Premier Sports Cup Final at Hampden Park, knowing our history of selling out tickets for cup finals and for sporting integrity. However, they have come to the decision that we will have an allocation of approximately 17,500 tickets for the match. A decision that we are incredibly frustrated about. We made our thoughts very clear.

“On a positive note, we are pleased that the kick-off time has been scheduled for 15:00. We asked for this to be moved forward from the planned time of 16:00 to help our supporters with travel to and from Hampden. On top of that, we are also happy that our thoughts were listened to regarding concession prices for our supporters in all areas.”

There’s a few ways of looking at this. I actually have a bit of sympathy for the notion that cup finals should be a 50/50 ticket split wherever possible.

Celtic get no favours from the SPFL, as December schedule gets even tougher

Celtic get no favours from the SPFL, as December schedule gets even tougher
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However, a line has to be drawn somewhere and the fact is that Hibs’ ticket sales for the semi-final weren’t that impressive and it’s almost a guarantee Celtic’s share will sell out in short order.

From a purely selfish Celtic point of view, it’s obviously an advantage to us that more of our lot will be at Hampden than theirs. So it’d be churlish for me to complain really.

As for Hibernian supporters, they’re absolutely fuming, as you can see from a selection of social media comments below…

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