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Celtic handed 70% of allocation for Cup Final

Fans of Scottish Premiership football club Celtic have been handed more than three times as many tickets as opponents Motherwell for next month’s Betfred Cup final at Hampden Park.

Celtic expressed its anger after semi-final opponent Hibernian received a 50/50 split of the tickets, but failed to fill all its allocated seats.

For the final, Motherwell fans have been given the South Stand Lower sections O and P along with West Stand sections A and B1-B5.

Meanwhile, a mass of Bhoys fans will take over Hampden Park as Celtic has been given all of the North and East stands – a total of 21,900 seats – as well as Section J and I in the South Stand Lower, South Stand Upper section H, and West Stand sections B6-B8.

In total, Celtic will have around 36,000 seats in the 51,866-capacity national team stadium in Glasgow – around 70 per cent. Accounting for the 5,000 tickets that are likely kept for corporate guests, Motherwell will be given just under 10,000 tickets.

Tickets for the November 26 final cost between £30 and £40 for adults, which is a rise on last year’s £25-£35 price range.

In May this year, The Scottish Football Association (SFA) defended its decision to provide Aberdeen with more tickets than Celtic for the Scottish Cup final.

Celtic, the Premiership champions, received 700 fewer tickets than their opponents based on their “preferred” East Stand at Glasgow’s Hampden Park holding fewer fans than the West Stand, the SFA said.

The club had said it was “very disappointed” over the allocation for the final on May 27. Aberdeen had an average attendance of 16,000 during the 2016-17 season, compared to Celtic’s 55,500.

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