Celtic have released ticket details for next month’s Scottish Cup semi final against Aberdeen at Hampden – but not all Hoops are happy.
Neil Lennon’s men are gunning for an unprecedented treble Treble but face a stiff test against Derek McInnes’ Dons at the national stadium on April 14.
Celtic will be backed by more than half the stadium after confirming they have been allocated the north, east and part of the south stand for the clash.
Aberdeen were handed an initial allocation of 14,500 tickets – but that could be upped by an extra 3,000 tickets if the Red Army “demonstrate strong demand”.
The Hoops have made their tickets available via a ballot to season ticket holders on the Hoops’ Home Cup Ticket Scheme (HCTS ) who attended matches against Airdrie and St Johnstone.
But the Parkhead club have come in for criticism for the nature of the ballot and lack of warning over the tickets going on sale with a huge demand meaning many will miss out.
@barryplough7 said: “A ballot amongst HCTS. Fans missing out that’s being going to games for years. Absolute shambles.”
And @jbhoymolloy added: “If they are going to use the HCTS then at least do it for those who have been on the longest. It’s like there is no accounting for loyalty any more.”
@PGellaitry said: “Do we ever get a pre-warning that tickets go on sale at a certain time or is it more exciting to just surprise people and put tickets for sale straight away?”
While @craig1902 asked: “So years of loyalty on the HCTS is now going to be ignored for folk who have joined it this year? What kind of system is that?”
@rogicsslippers replied: “Shouldn’t matter when you join it, everyone on the scheme should be given the same chance to get a ticket rather than a “random” ballot. The HCTS shouldn’t even be a qualifying criteria in the first place, it should be based on attendance of the previous rounds for STH’s!”
Celtic were granted 25,000 tickets for the Btefred Cup Final between the same two sides back in November with the Dons getting 20,000.
The Hoops won that match 1-0 and are 10 points clear in the Premiership as they close in on 8-in-a-row.