Rangers’ statement on the Betfred Cup semi-final ticket allocation was one of joy as the SPFL finally made a competent decision.
Indeed, the Ibrox side are set to receive just under 26,000 tickets for the clash against Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen at Hampden. The match will take place on October 28th and is set to be a blockbuster occasion.
Aberdeen will receive 20,300 tickets for the clash, but may struggle to sell them all given time constraints. Initially, Aberdeen were forced to sell 16,800 before being guaranteed extra. The Pittodrie side managed to seal a further few thousand tickets, only to then claim they’ll struggle to sell them.
Why it once again took so long for the SPFL to get tickets sorted out is anyone’s guess. As an organisation, they just continue to stumble from one calamity to another. But the decision made today should suit all parties going forward.
Whilst the Dons will still, probably rightfully, have their gripes with how long it took, in the end we got there. Just like we finally got there with the Betfred Cup semi-final kick-off times.
Possibility of more tickets
Rangers also have the positive prospect of receiving more tickets should the Dons not be able to sell out theirs. That would be a further boost to a Gers support already covering the North Stand.
The Ibrox side claimed that an attempt had been made to stop them from getting the whole of the North Stand initially. This was clearly in response to Aberdeen’s claims that they would receive the stand had they sold out their tickets.
Instead, it’s Rangers who will have the majority of supporters flocking to Hampden on October 28th.
Aberdeen have called on more transparency in the decision-making process from the SPFL in recent times. Despite league bosses coming to the correct conclusion in this matter, it’s hard to argue that shouldn’t be the case. Too often nobody knows what’s going on behind the locked doors of Hampden, with the logic behind most of their decisions baffling.
Thankfully for Rangers, that hasn’t been the case this time around. Common-sense has prevailed as the Gers statement said, whilst Aberdeen should be satisfied with their increased ticket allocation.