SFA meet clubs to discuss final tickets

The Scottish Football Association will meet with Rangers and Falkirk at Hampden on Tuesday, May 5 for initial discussions about their Homecoming Scottish Cup final ticket allocations.

The SFA will replicate the method in which they distributed tickets for last season‘s final between the Ibrox club and Irn-Bru First Division side Queen of the South, allocating an initial batch to each club then ’drip feeding’ tickets until the 52,000 capacity figure is reached.

The Bairns reached the final at Hampden for the first time since 1997 with a 2-0 win over Dunfermline at the national stadium on Sunday in front of just 17,124 fans.

A crowd of 32,431 turned up at Hampden the previous day to see Rangers beat St Mirren 3-0 in the other semi-final.

Although neither semi-final sold out, there is bound to be the usual demand for tickets for the May 30 showpiece occasion.

An SFA spokesman said that steps will be taken again to ensure as fair a split as possible and avoid once more the situation which occurred in the 2003 final between Rangers and Dundee when there were huge gaps at Hampden after the Taysiders failed to sell their allocation.

“It won‘t be a case of settling on exact figures next week. We will propose an initial allocation to both clubs,” the spokesman said.

“Last year we gave Queen of the South 8,000 tickets at first. They came back for more on two occasions until they had around 15,000.

“We will do something similar and will take in to account things like semi-final attendances and average home gates.”

Alex Totten, who was Falkirk boss when they lost to Kilmarnock in the 1997 final and now works for the Bairns’ commercial department, told PA Sport he would be looking for at least 20,000 to satisfy demand.

However, Andy Kerr, from the Rangers Supporters’ Assembly, believes that figure is not realistic.

He told the Scottish Daily Express: “That is a very unrealistic figure looking at the average attendance of both clubs.”

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