Another week in Scottish football, another drama involving tickets, off-field carry-on and politics.
Last week, Rangers requested 20% of Pittodrie for the club’s quarter final with Aberdeen. Our rivals rejected the request, citing safety concerns. They gave us our usual 10% allocation of tickets.
This time round, The Daily Record are reporting that Rangers will not be giving Aberdeen anywhere near the 20% cup rules allow for. They claim they’ll be getting 850 tickets, just like they would in a league fixture. And it’s no wonder.
If Rangers gave Aberdeen 20% of Ibrox (roughly 10,000 tickets) then there’s absolutely no way they would sell them. They can hardly sell out their own ground. They didn’t on Sunday.
It would be reckless and pointless for Aberdeen to be awarded these tickets. Especially when you consider safety issues, the increased cost in policing the event and the amount Rangers would lose for all the tickets the Dons didn’t sell.
This is the same club and support which complained about a late kick off in Glasgow for the League Cup earlier in the season. This is on a Tuesday night at 7:45pm.
Whilst it’s important we preserve the vibrancy of cup football, why should we pander to Aberdeen here? It’s perfectly justifiable to refuse them an increased allocation. Even if we did offer more tickets to the geographically closer Kilmarnock in the last round.
Recent relations between Aberdeen and Rangers have also been fiery to say the least. Since we got back in the top league, Aberdeen have finished above us.
Just like they did to us on Sunday, there’s no need to hand them an advantage in what is sure to be a tough match.