Thursday, 18 October 2018

Just 100 tickets sold - Hampden semi farce rumbles on....

After Stewart Milne’s embarrassing song and dance about ticket numbers, the Aberdeen chairman has been made to look like an absolute wally with the news that not only was his demand for an equal share for the semi-final v Rangers rejected, but the SPFL have cut the allocation from circa 20k to merely 15K after Dons fans failed to take up more than 9000 by the time of writing.

Worse still for the Pittodrie chief, Aberdeen supporters have bought literally 100 tickets today (Thursday), making a mockery of his outrage that Rangers fans would be prioritised.

It’s the natural order of things in Scotland – be it Rangers or Celtic, the Old Firm always pack Hampden out for major cup occasions, and even minor ones, and for the SPFL to reject Milne’s demands in the first place made complete financial sense.

Now he looks beyond absurd following his ‘fair playing field’ expectation, with well below half of the original numbers being taken up.

Rangers, of course, have been boosted by this – the previous 27k allocation will now have at least a further 5000 available for fans, and it stands to reason that the Dons will struggle to sell many more of their remaining 6000 and Rangers may well get even more supporters in Mount Florida in due course.

It really does add up to someone acting above their station with requests they had no entitlement to make.

The Old Firm, whether Scottish football likes it or not, are the top dogs. Maybe not always top of the league, but for name, credibility, marketing and hugely, financial purposes no one else in Scotland has any real case for elevated status.

And this is a prime example.
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