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Aberdeen to demand same Scottish Cup final ticket allocation as Celtic

Aberdeen are hoping to receive the same allocation as Celtic for next month’s Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park, despite selling just over half of their semi-final tickets.

The Dons will be aiming for its first victory in the competition for 27 years when it takes on the Scottish Premiership champions at the Glasgow venue on May 27.

Last season, Rangers and Hibernian were both given 21,000 tickets at Hampden Park, despite the former’s average attendance being five times that of its opponents. In 2013, Celtic and Hibernian were both handed around 20,000 tickets.

It is understood that Aberdeen will make its case to the Scottish Football Association (SFA) for a 50-50 split of tickets at the 52,000-seat Hampden Park, with the club expecting to bring more than 20,000 fans.

Aberdeen have an average attendance of 16,000 this season, compared to Celtic’s 55,500.

Aberdeen will point to the fact they sold its full allocation of 22,000 for this season’s Betfred Cup final and took more than 40,000 to Celtic Park when it lifted the trophy in 2014.

It sold just 12,000 of its 21,000 tickets for the Scottish Cup semi-final victory at Hampden over Hibernian last weekend, although Aberdeen contend that the early kick-off and traffic problems were mitigating factors.

This week it was announced that both Arsenal and Chelsea will both receive a 28,000-ticket allocation for next month’s English FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.