By Rory West
This weekend saw the Betfred Cup semi-finals take place at Hampden Park with Aberdeen and Celtic leaving as finalists
Immediately after Sunday’s Old Firm Betfred Cup semi-final, the argument started whether Aberdeen deserved a 50/50 even split for their cup final against Celtic.
Dons boss Derek McInnes instantly came out and said anything other than an even split of Hampden Park for each set of fans would be a “disgrace”.
Sense prevailed as the SFA announced on Monday that the Betfred Cup final would indeed be sold as a 50/50 split between Aberdeen and Celtic supporters, estimating roughly 21,000 supporters each.
The argument arrived after Aberdeen’s low travelling support for their semi-final versus Morton.
The Daily Record questioned the travelling support – they then confirmed the news on Monday with this Tweet
It has later been announced that tickets for both side have been set between £30-£35 for adults, which again is another controversy due to the obvious steep price for supporters, on top of travel to what is not the easiest ground for accessibility.
Although due to the occasion being what it is, tickets will still be in high demand to supporters from both Aberdeen and Celtic.
Allowing both sides a 50/50 equal split is vital because it will help create a better atmosphere for the cup final. Also anything other would be extremely unfair due to the stadium going down as a ‘neutral’ venue.
Cup final’s are often seen as spectacles of the footballing season so creating the best atmosphere as possible will not only make the game better for the supporters in attendance, but for onlookers who aren’t familiar with the Scottish game it will give the game a better advertisement.