Hibs to take allocation action after Rangers behaviour, no mention of Celtic

Hibernian FC announced that they would cut the away allocation just a day after playing host to Rangers in the Scottish Cup. It has been assumed that Celtic will also suffer as a result of the behaviour of the Rangers supporters with their allocation being cut as well. However, the statement from Hibs makes no mention of Celtic and the timing makes it clear that it relates to Rangers.

In a statement posted on Tuesday evening, Hibs have said that ‘enough is enough’ and that the club have made the call to reduce the away allocation moving forward.

Hibernian FC condemns the abhorrent behaviour and chanting made by some supporters in Scottish football.

Over recent years supporters’ unacceptable conduct has become rife in Scotland whether that be through the use of pyrotechnics, sectarianism, objects being thrown onto the field of play or through other actions. This is simply not good enough.

Understanding that the behaviour of certain sections of Hibernian FC’s own support has not been good enough at times this season, the Club has been taking the strongest possible action against those who behave in an unacceptable manner, working with Police Scotland and colleagues at other clubs.

Hibernian FC now implores other clubs to act in a similar fashion and the governing bodies to take serious consideration into the issues to ensure Scottish football is safe and welcoming for all.

Following fan behaviour and chanting from opposing teams this season, the Club’s Board of Directors will be reducing the away allocation at Easter Road moving forward, alongside taking further actions.

Football is a sport for all, and stadiums should be a place where families and friends can come together to support their team. Hibernian FC prides itself on being a club for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, colour, gender, religion, creed, and sexual orientation. Everyone should be able to feel safe and comfortable attending a football match.

Rangers fans pulled out their awful songbook for the game against Hibs, which was picked up by Viaplay’s microphones as the medical teams treated Martin Boyle for a serious head knock. This resulted in Hibs supporters lobbying the club to take action.

Hibs are citing the fan behaviour at Easter Road with pyro shows before kick-off. However, events at Tynecastle in the Edinburgh Derby show that the Leith side would worry about their fan behaviour. After Lawrence Shankland scored the equaliser, the Scotland Internationalist celebrated in front of the Roseburn Stand, prompting missiles to be thrown from the Hibs end.

Scottish football finds itself in a fairly dangerous position where clubs are using the threat of allocations being cut to quell fan culture, which ultimately leads to more engagement with the league. The Edinburgh Derby has full allocations, as it should, but resorting to making threats about cutting allocations due to fan behaviour seems tone-deaf. The Scottish footballing authorities and clubs should work with fans to encourage safe fan culture, which is what everyone wants.

About Author

Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.


  1. William Melvin on

    On which planet would your final paragraph proposal work.
    These ultras are a law unto themselves.
    I had the misfortune of travelling into Glasgow on the train with half a dozen of our teen warriors.
    I quietly reminded them that every time the don the colours of our club that they are representing Celtic as much as the players on the park.
    I told them to keep the noise down and clear up the mess they had been making….Which they did .It helped that l informed one of them that l knew his father and if he had any sense he’d better comply.
    The smiles and nods of thanks l got from fellow passengers was unreal.
    If only it was that simple !!!

  2. Mathew Welsh on

    They where talking about cutting the allocation after celtics last match there, It was on the news, Hibs are falling apart again

  3. The unsafe fan culture is due to Sevco alone. Scottish football is in the mess it is because of this club alone. They should never have been allowed to enter the leagues after their dissolution and death.
    The SFA and authorities have allowed this with their 5 way agreement and so are to blame. All these people should be punished for the reckless endangering of the public. The Ibrox club know they can get away with whatever they want and we are seeing this on the field as well with blatant cheating by officials.
    In a way, all the other clubs are to blame as well for not calling them out. There is strength in unity, so why not challenge them?

  4. What is this nonsense that it has nothing to do with Celtic? Do our ultras use pyrotechnics despite them being banned? Have our support never damaged seats at stadiums we visit?

    “Tone deaf”? You are right about that at least.

  5. re ,,,bad supporters of any team in scotland…they are they a unlanced boil on the arse of scottish football,,