Report: Embarrassment for Hibs as Celtic Cup Final ticket situation cleared up

By Euan Davidson

December 15, 2021

If you remember as far back as yesterday, then you’ll recall some patter emerging about how many Hibs tickets were left for the Premier Sports Cup Final against Celtic.

Turns out the jokes were, indeed, based on reality, according to a report. The Daily Mail’s Stephen McGowan has reported that Hibs still have 500 tickets to sell for Sunday [Scottish Daily Mail print edition 15/12/21, p. 73].

Hibernian, who pushed and pushed the SPFL for more Cup Final tickets, have been left with a pretty embarrassing scenario on their hands.

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The Hibees were left raging when given an allocation of 17,500 tickets for the Premier Sports Cup Final. They questioned the “sporting integrity” of it all [Herald], and pointed out Hibs’ ability to sell out allocations in the past.

However, they haven’t managed to this time. After being given 2,000 more tickets, they’ve got a quarter left to move before Sunday’s game.

Hibs’ former manager, Jack Ross, had described the situation as “ridiculous” prior to more tickets being dispensed [Edinburgh Evening News]. Having been sacked last week, Ross is likely to be replaced by ex-Celtic man Shaun Maloney in the Leith side’s dugout.

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Hubris for Hibs as ticket situation against Celtic goes awry

You have to laugh, really.

Given the sheer fuss about ticket allocations, and the blame attached to Celtic supporters for some reason, it’s funny that it’s turned out this way.

Surely, you’d have thought a club the size of Hibs could fill their allocation at Hampden. They’ve done it before. Perhaps with the club’s form, it’s a more difficult sell than it might normally be.

In any case, it’s going to be a fascinating game between Hibs and Celtic. The Hibees are waiting on some injury news, after Kevin Nisbet and Chris Cadden limped off last night.

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Celtic, meanwhile, are sweating over the fitness of Kyogo, James Forrest and plenty of others ahead of the showpiece final.

The atmosphere at Hampden on Sunday should still be electric, even if there are pockets of the stadium where acoustics will be a bit different.

What’s certain is that Hibernian have given the Celtic fans on Sunday some ammunition for their chants.

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