Inverness Caledonian Thistle chief executive Scott Gardiner has confirmed his side’s travelling support for Saturday’s clash against Celtic.

It’s the 2023 Scottish Cup final and there’s a treble on the line for Ange Postecoglou‘s Celts.

As always, we will be backed by a following in the tens of thousands at Hampden Park.

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However, Inverness will have a much smaller support, as Gardiner confirmed to Sky Sports earlier.

“I think it’s something like 15% of the population [of Inverness] is travelling down,” he said.

“If 15% of the population of Glasgow was to go that’s 260,000.

“It’ll be something between 6 and 7,000 supporters. When our average crowd is 2,500, it’s tremendous.”

So around 6,500 Inverness supporters will take the big game in, leaving the rest of the stadium to those of a green-and-white persuasion. That is obviously very good news as far as we’re concerned.

Taking the capacities of the various stands at Hampden in to account (Alvin Almazov) alongside a seating plan, we can create a representation of just how pro-Celtic the ground will be.

It will have been a long time since Celtic enjoyed such a massive support at the National Stadium, perhaps ever.

It will be an immense sight which greets the Celtic players, at a neutral venue, and one that hopefully drives them on to victory.

Given that factor and the perceived gulf in quality between the sides, many will hope for a comfortable afternoon.

But we haven’t had our troubles to seek against Caley in the Scottish Cup over the years.

We need one last big performance this season, and then the treble will be ours.

And, if we manage it, there will be over 40,000 Celtic fans inside the stadium to witness it.

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