The number of tickets Celtic have for League Cup final; dwarfs Hibernian allocation
Celtic have today stated that they’ve secured just under 25k tickets for the Premier Sports Cup final against Hibernian at Hampden Park.
The pair set up their cup final date last weekend when Celtic KO’d St Johnstone before Hibs overcame Rangers. The clash will take place on December 19th, with plenty of controversy appearing in the build-up already.
Hibs have been left infuriated after only receiving 17,500 tickets for the game – well less than half of Hampden’s near-52k capacity. And today, Celtic’s SLO has confirmed how many tickets they’ve received ahead of the festive showpiece as they dwarf their rival’s allocation:
So it looks as though Celtic have managed to bag as many as 7k more than Hibs as things stand. Davie Provan has been one of a number of pundits calling for the SPFL to take action on the unequal split [Scottish Sun].
However, the selling of tickets is already well underway. Celtic said today that they have already balloted tickets amongst season-ticket holders who are on the Home Cup Ticket Scheme and who purchased a ticket for the semi-final win over St Johnstone.
Celtic also confirmed they don’t have enough tickets to give to all STHs who match the criteria. Those who are successful in the ballot will have until 5pm on Friday, December 3rd to confirm their purchase.
Celtic making moves to sell-out their Hampden allocation early doors
So Celtic are already well into the selling process when it comes to their own allocation. Expect this to be all but snapped up within the week or not long after. The Hoops will easily sell out their allocation of just under 25k for a cup final, especially considering they managed to sell-out a 40k allocation for the semis.
Sure, there’s a moral aspect to all of this. Should Hibs have truly been denied the chance to sell out half of the stadium? Of course they shouldn’t have. If the world was fair, they would have been given that opportunity, with any tickets not sold handed back to Celtic.
It’s still difficult to see why this wasn’t the case. It isn’t something Hibernian manager Jack Ross is happy about either [Sky Sports]. But it’s time to move on from it and look ahead to the actual game given it’s less than 3 weeks away.
You can’t see any further action being taken on ticket allocations by the governing body. What can they honestly do at this point? It’s an error on their part and we’re happy to hold out hands up and admit it. But Celtic will sell their allocation out in no time.
For us, it’s great that we’ll have more supporters decked out at Hampden to hopefully watch Ange Postecoglou win his first trophy as Celtic boss. We could certainly do with any advantage we can get. Hibs will provide a stern test regardless of the allocation figures.
It’s going to be a day to remember on December 19th. Hopefully Celtic turn up and make it a performance to remember too.