SPFL deliver updated Hampden decision for Celtic game as controversy ends

By Euan Davidson

December 2, 2021

There’s finally been a resolution to the Hampden furore over the Hibernian ticket allocation against Celtic in the Premier Sports Cup Final.

In a saga that’s involved Jack Ross, Hibernian, Celtic, the SPFL and very reluctantly, Ange Postecoglou, Hibs have been given 2,000 more tickets for the showpiece final this month.

There was considerable anger from Hibernian fans over a perceived unfairness. Hibs didn’t sell out their semi-final allocation, with the SPFL giving the Leith side a reduced capacity for the final. Now, they’ll have 20,000 in attendance to square off against Celtic.

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A statement from Hibernian read [HFC]:

“After constant discussion with the SPFL, we have been given just over 2,000 extra tickets for the match that takes place on Sunday 19 December, 2021; 3pm kick-off.

“As a club, we are happy that more of our supporters will be able to attend the game at Hampden Park and that our persistence with the SPFL paid off.

“We’d like to thank all supporters that have purchased tickets for the Premier Sports Cup Final, in what will be a day to remember for all Hibees.”

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Celtic fans won’t be too fussed; we expect a win against Hibernian at Hampden, regardless of how many seats we get. What this debacle did bring, though, was one of the best Ange presser moments thus far.

Asked about the ticket allocation, ahead of a game against Bayer Leverkusen last week, Postecoglou said:

“Nah you’re not going to ask me about ticket allocation? We’re playing Leverkusen in a big game tomorrow night!

“Don’t waste the opportunity! I have no desire, or any inkling to get involved in ticket allocation, that’s not my brief. I’ll give you a freebie. Give me another question.”

Thankfully, the argument over Hibernian v Celtic Cup Final allocation is over

What was perhaps most annoying about this was that demands were being made of Celtic fans to defend the club having a bigger allocation. Like Ange, we don’t have any control of it either.

Would we have had a sporting advantage? Was it fair that Hibernian had a smaller allocation than Celtic? Do you have the relevant numbers on Hibs attendances in the last 10 years, an a degree in accounting?

It got farcical. Thank goodness that’s all over now.

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Because maybe we can actually start talking about the actual game. It’ll be Ange Postecoglou’s first final as Celtic boss, having navigated the Premier Sports Cup rounds during a busy schedule.

What a boost it would be for Ange and the Bhoys to set a winning mentality amongst the squad. For sure, with players like Callum McGregor and James Forrest, that desire and hunger is there. Whereas with the new players, it’ll be something of an eye-opener.

It’s going to be a great occasion. And at last, we can talk about that rather than ticket allocations.

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