Aberdeen’s Rangers ticket scandal suddenly goes quiet…

Aberdeen’s Rangers ticket scandal suddenly goes quiet…
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 17: Rangers captain James Tavernier lifts the trophy during the Viaplay Cup Final match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 17, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We had to laugh at Aberdeen losing out on an equal allocation against Celtic for their semi final (Hearts will get an equal one with Rangers) and the difference in their reaction compared with the League Cup Final.

Remember, last year their response to the lower allocation v Rangers, a big bold statement plastered on their website and social media:

“The club robustly put its case to the SPFL to treat both teams fairly with an even share of tickets, given Hampden is a neutral venue and, as such, presented an option that would split the allocation for the match evenly between both competing finalists.
“The proposal suggested AFC hold back five sections on the east side of the north stand, selling them to Dons supporters should demand require it. If, however, by an agreed date it was clear that wasn’t going to be the case, the tickets could then be allocated to our opponents in plenty of time in which to sell them.

“Much to our extreme disappointment and frustration, this proposal was rejected by the SPFL, who cited operational challenges and attendances at previous semi finals/finals as the principal reasons for their determination.

“As a result, Aberdeen will have up to 19,500 tickets covering the south stand (lower and upper sections) and the east stand.”

In other words a massive hoo hah rant about the injustice of this, officially offered.

Now look at what a ‘spokesman’ said quietly recently about the same situation v Celtic in the cup semi:

“The Club requested the opportunity to sell up to 50% of the tickets, with any unsold tickets by an agreed date being allocated to our opponents. Disappointingly, this has once again been declined based primarily on historical ticket sales at this stage of the competition. As a result, the Aberdeen allocation for this match will be for up to 19,000 tickets, almost identical to the Viaplay Cup Final in December, split between the South Stand and West Stand, depending on demand.”

In short, aside their ‘disappointment’ there’s no outrage, no ranting, no case against and in fact a borderline agreement with the SFA/SPFL here.

So, v Rangers it was a disgrace that they only got 19K, v Celtic it’s a bit disappointing but understandable.

Still, we should be flattered. Even Aberdeen are all about the Rangers eh?

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