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The Scottish Premiership season hasn’t even kicked off and already we’ve got clubs moaning about ticket allocation.
This time around it’s the turn of Aberdeen, who’ve cited safety issues and “unacceptable conduct” in their decision to limit both Rangers and Celtic fans to 1662 briefs when they visit Pittodrie.
Despite acknowledging that the club will take a financial hit, Aberdeen have placed the safety of supporters at the top of their priority list.
The move follows the decision taken by Aberdeen last season
Back then Rangers allocation was cut to 2000, now it has decreased by a further 350.
It’s incredibly frustrating for travelling Rangers fans, with a trip Pittodrie seen as one of the club’s biggest away days of the season.
Aberdeen slash away allocations after Rangers and Celtic missile incidents in crackdown on disorder
They have cut the allocation at Pittodrie from 2000 to just 1660.
They can't even fill their home allocation 😂😂 less money for them!! pic.twitter.com/prTkscmtMX
— Rangers FC & Linfield FC (@bluesbrothers86) July 24, 2019
The news means that Rangers Aberdeen matches, particularly at Pittodrie next season, will lack the extra bite that makes them such an enticing fixture.
It is of course Aberdeen’s prerogative to cut ticket allocation and if this is what they feel is best for their fans then more power to them.
You can’t help but feel that the whole thing feels a little petty though. Even if Rangers did start the Scottish football trend of cutting team’s allocations by cutting Celtic’s at Ibrox last season.
The fact we won both Old Firms at Ibrox proves it was a good call by the club.