HEARTS have sold over 5,000 semi-final tickets in the first hour of the briefs going on sale at Tynecastle this morning.
“Over 5,000 tickets sold inside the first hour! Let’s create a Sea of Maroon at Murrayfield,” their official Twitter account shouts.
A Celtic Star insider – actually my big sister – was passing Tynecastle this morning and sent over this photograph…
Both Hearts and Celtic have been given 30,000 tickers each for the semi-final which has been moved to Murrayfield after Hearts and Aberdeen complained about the original scheduling. Celtic complained about the decision not to hold a ballot to see which tie was moved from Hampden to Murrayfield but were ignored.
It remains to be seen if Hearts can muster up 30,000 sales for the semi-final which will kick off at 1.30pm on 28 October at the home of Scottish rugby.
Hearts fans are apparently able to purchase tickets in the East, West and South Stands at Murrayfield, with tickets priced at £25 and £35 for adults and £10 for concessions.
Arrangements have been put in place by the SPFL for any unsold Aberdeen tickets in the Hampden South stand to be returned and handed to Rangers – who will have the entire North Stand at the other semi-final. This arrangement should guarantee a sell-out for the Rangers v Aberdeen semi final.
However with Hearts demanding an equal split of the tickets for Murrayfield, there has been no news on whether similar arrangements have been put in place for the Hearts v Celtic semi-final in the event that the Edinburgh side cannot shift all 30,000 tickets.
If not and there are empty spaces in the Hearts end then it will be yet another example of the incompetence from Neil Doncaster and his team at the SPFL.
As for Murrayfield being a sea of Maroon? Dream on – Edinburgh will be green and white.