Aberdeen’s cup fiasco rumbles on, amid their disastrous public sale whose reality has begun to dawn on them, with the very real prospect that Rangers fans have bought up potentially the majority of their tickets.
The shock and hilarious truth has surfaced as Dons chiefs try desperately to salvage their appalling decision, that decision being the principle of showing off ‘how quickly they could sell their tickets’ without putting much thought into who would actually snap them up.
The comedy was the 17,000 initial public sale had essentially no major check or balance on who was buying the ticket, aside a flimsy loyalty point scheme, and they sold out within 3 hours.
Aberdeen don’t have 17,000 fans these days, their last domestic match at Pittodrie attracted a modest crowd, allocated as 16,816 of a 20K stadium but of course that includes all season tickets whether in attendance or not.
And for the final with Rangers, the initially-available 17K tickets were gone before the day was out, and that’s because Rangers fans were avidly snapping them up.
The Dons claim they will subject tickets to ‘stringent checks’ but we have no idea how they are going to stop Rangers fans with these tickets showing up at Hampden.
There is a genuine, crazy, and very real possibility that a tonne of the 17K went to Rangers fans, and Ibrox supporters will absolutely fill Hampden – 40,000? It’s not impossible.
We’ll not know for sure how many went to our own till the 17th, but it will certainly be interesting.