Moving Celtic game would be "unfair on town of Alloa" proclaims Wasps chief

By Euan Davidson

January 6, 2022

Alloa Athletic chairman Mike Mulraney is refusing to move Alloa Athletic’s tie against Celtic in the Scottish Cup.

The Bhoys will head to the Indodrill Stadium on the 22nd of January. In the past, the Wasps have moved glamour cup ties to nearby Falkirk or Motherwell. However, Mulraney is insistent that Celtic will play at the 3,000 seater Indodrill.

According to the Daily Express, moving the game to Falkirk would reap Alloa a much bigger gate windfall. However, the Wasps chairman is having none of it. Instead, he wants the town of Alloa to benefit from the visit of Celtic. Local businesses and supporters would surely see the financial advantage of having the recently crowned Premier Sports Cup winners come to town.

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He said [Daily Express]: “There is no way we are moving the tie – it’s staying in Alloa.

“We’ve done it before when we have switched cup games to Falkirk and also Motherwell but we are not going to go down that road.

“It would be completely unfair on the town of Alloa – never mind the fans who want to see their team playing a game like this at our place.

“It’s a game that’s going to bring in business to the town – not just the football club – so it would be completely wrong of me to do anything to jeopardise that.”

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Celtic will play Alloa Athletic wherever, but you have to admire Wasps chief’s insistence

The romance of the cup, and all that.

Surely, the point of the initial rounds is to see clubs of different standards going up against each other. For teams like Celtic, the risk of a shock exit is plenty motivation. Whereas clubs lower in the SPFL pyramid always want to bloody the nose of the top tier teams.

That’s a large part of the charm of cup competitions. The Scottish Cup, the second-oldest club tournament in the world [SFA], has seen countless examples of wee teams getting one over on the established elite.

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In terms of this game, we absolutely don’t want that to happen. But much of the charm of the Cup we talk about is due to big players and squads arriving in locales where the facilities aren’t what they’re used to. Where smaller teams dream of a home advantage, and the kind of gate money that can bolster the coffers for months, sometimes years afterwards.

For travelling Celtic supporters, it’s a really fun away day prospect. Yes, the likes of Tynecastle, Pittodrie et al are popular trips, but a quick jaunt to Alloa to see Celtic? It sounds good.

So, fair play to Mulraney. He wants to bring something special to the town of Alloa. Celtic definitely fit that criteria.

As far as Celtic are concerned, it’s hopefully a case of a comfortable win and progression in the Scottish Cup. The local interest will be huge, with plenty of international talents potentially rocking up at the Indodrill.

You know the supporters will be there.

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