Brendan Rodgers '˜staggered' by cup final ticket allocation

Brendan Rodgers has said he's 'staggered' and finds it 'astonishing' that Aberdeen will receive more tickets than Celtic for the Scottish Cup final.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers (left) with Leigh Griffiths after Saturday's win over St Johnstone. Picture: SNS

Both the Parkhead club and the SFA released statements on the controversy, which will see fewer Celtic supporters in the ground than Aberdeen fans if the Dons are able to sell all their briefs.

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The governing body say this is a result of Celtic’s preference for the East Stand at Hampden, which includes fewer seats. They also say the decision was made in full consultation with both clubs.

Rodgers still believes it’s a strange decision and doesn’t believe a club of Celtic’s size should potentially have fewer supporters in attendance than their opponents.

He said: “It’s a strange one. I always think a cup final should be balanced, 50/50. I think it’s important that supporters of both sides should get to see their team play.

“I’m staggered that a club the size of Celtic, which has the third of fourth highest average attendance in Britain, to be getting less than Aberdeen, I find astonishing.

“I’ll hope they’ll look at that. I don’t know what the reason should be, but it shouldn’t be that Celtic go into the game with less tickets than Aberdeen. At worst, it should be 50/50.”

“He’s a player we’d love to have here permanently, but we have to respect the fact that he’s a Manchester City player. If the possibility ever came up, then of course it’s something I’d look at.”

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