Celtic supporters going to Hampden for Saturday’s Betfred Cup semi-final against Hibernian will be among some of the first to experience a new Hampden ticketing system.

The new “access control system” will be in place for supporters at both of this weekend’s cup matches. The SPFL announced the new system on Twitter on Friday afternoon and urged supporters to arrive in plenty of time prior to the match.

Celtic fans urged to get to Hampden nice and early

The accompanying video shows a system very like the one used at Celtic Park. Fans simply place the barcode on their ticket in front of a scanner and are then let through the turnstile by a fully automated system.

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The SPFL also informed fans of Saturday’s game that the stadium will open at 4pm as well as warning them that “enhanced search arrangements” would also be in place.

(Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

With the game taking place on a Saturday evening, there is the potential for some trouble. Many supporters will spend the majority of Saturday drinking and, while that will improve the match atmosphere, it could also come with some less friendly elements.

Nevertheless, it’s great to see our National Stadium upping their game and modernising their systems. It should make access to the stadium nice and easy and shorten a lot of the queues that are often present.

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