Celtic will receive nearly 700 tickets less than Aberdeen for this month’s Scottish Cup final.
The club issued a statement on their official website expressing their disappointment “that our attempts to ensure an equitable allocation of tickets have been unsuccessful” after extensive discussions with the Scottish Football Association.
Club officials put forward a number of suggestions to secure a 50-50 split at an operations meeting this week, including a review of segregation arrangements; reconfiguration of the Upper South Stand; and the creation of a neutral area.
Yet, none of the suggestions were accepted by the SFA, meaning that fans who attended the semi-final victory over Rangers will miss out on a final ticket.
A spokesperson said: “Clearly we are very disappointed that our attempts to ensure an equitable allocation of tickets have been unsuccessful, however, our supporters should be aware that we have tried everything to ensure that this could be achieved”.
“With Celtic supporters attending matches at Hampden in such huge numbers across this season, an equal split in allocations is the least that we would have expected for such a prestigious and important match.”
The statement stated that “as it is a cup final there are a number of contractual rights which the Club is tied to and these have to be fulfilled which naturally impacts on wider availability”.
The SFA hit back with a statement claiming that Celtic’s preferred end containts fewer seats which is why they “potentially receive fewer tickets.”
The Scottish Football released a statement which read: “The Scottish FA notes the comments made by Celtic Football Club in relation to the William Hill Scottish Cup final ticket allocation.
“The allocation of tickets has been handled in full consultation with both participating clubs and the available seating at Hampden Park will be split on a 50/50 basis, as has been standard practice in previous cup finals where a sell-out crowd is anticipated.
“It should also be noted that one of the reasons Celtic will potentially receive fewer tickets than Aberdeen is that the East Stand, Celtic’s preferred stand for Scottish Cup matches at the National Stadium, contains fewer seats than the West Stand.
“In addition, the ‘football family’, made up of Scottish FA members, commercial partners, other recognised football organisations and staff, have the right to buy match tickets for the final.
“This has impacted on the number of tickets the clubs will receive to sell to their supporters with demand for tickets in the Celtic areas outweighing that of the Aberdeen areas.”