“We want to play our part to make sure the ground is full,” Cup Final ticket boost for Celtic supporters

MOTHERWELL have given Celtic supporters a Scottish Cup Final boost after the Lanarkshire club stated that they will not be insisting on a 50-50 ticket split with Celtic.

Aberdeen demanded half the tickets for last season’s final but fell a few thousand short of selling out their allocation. It was even worse in the semi-final of this season’s Betfred Cup when Hibs took half the tickets but failed to sell over 10,000 of those tickets demanded – leaving huge sections at Hampden completely empty while Celtic had season ticket holders who could not get their hands on a ticket for that game.

Motherwell, to be fair to them, took a pragmatic approach to their allocation to the semi-final, ensuring that the attendance at the Betfred Cup Final in November was higher than the Scottish Cup Final last May.

And while they are still moaning about the penalty won by Scotty Sinclair to this day, they aren’t bothered in the slightest that there were more Celtic than Motherwell fans at the game.

“We’ve averaged around 12,000 for our recent big game appearances at Hampden, so we’ll certainly be looking for at least the same numbers of tickets this time,” a Motherwell spokesman revealed.

“What we’ve done in the past is if we’ve any left a week before the final then we’ll return them to the SFA.

“We want to play our part to make sure the ground is full and there’s a great Scottish Cup Final atmosphere.”

All this means that there will be around 12,000 extra places for Celtic supporters at this season’s Scottish Cup Final thanks to the common sense from Motherwell.

Meanwhile their manager Stephen Robinson, while looking forward to the Scottish Cup Final, as we said, is still going on about the penalty and sending off in the Betfred Cup Final back in November.

“We have drawn with Celtic twice this season, once with ten men. We lost to them in the League Cup Final but the sending-off decision killed the game.

“But we know we will need to be on top of our game and hope they have an off-day.

“The 1991 squad went down in Motherwell folklore by winning the Scottish Cup. This is a time to create new heroes and be the names on the lips of Motherwell supporters.

“Why can’t they all be talking about Ryan Bowman, Curtis Main and Carl McHugh? Why not? They have a great opportunity.”

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