Rangers’ request to be allocated more tickets for their trip to Tynecastle later this month looks set to be denied after Hearts released an update.
After much toing and froing, the Gers gave the Jambos just under 1000 tickets for the first Premiership meeting of the season between the sides at Ibrox in October.
Rangers would traditionally receive a much larger allocation in Gorgie, but it emerged last month that Hearts had only set aside just over 1000 for the fixture.
The Gers quickly expressed their disappointment with the decision and requested that more tickets be made available [Rangers.co.uk].
However, it looks like Hearts will deny that request as they seek to fill Tynecastle mainly with their own fans.
‘Robbie and the boys have benefited from an incredible support both at home and on the road this season,’ reads an update posted on Hearts’ website on Tuesday. ‘Since returning to full capacity, Tynecastle has boasted an average attendance of close to 17,500 supporters and we expect another large crowd in Gorgie for the 12pm kick-off against Rangers on Sunday 12th December.’
‘Factoring in the large home attendances to date, as well as the views of many Hearts supporters, the decision was made to allocate two sections of the Roseburn Stand to Rangers supporters for this fixture in order to increase home capacity and allow as many Jambos as possible to secure a ticket for the match.
‘The atmosphere generated at a packed-out Tynecastle is second to none and we hope to see a capacity home end for what promises to be a fantastic afternoon as the boys in maroon continue their challenge at the top end of the table.’
Tynecastle has proven to be a difficult place to go in recent seasons for Rangers and it’s understandable that Hearts would try to maximise home advantage for the 12th December clash.
The news won’t be well received by Rangers, though, given that over 11,000 applications were made by Bears for tickets.
The gap between the two teams in the league table is currently six points, but the Gers also have a game in hand.
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