CELTIC did not mention the name of their opponents in the forthcoming Scottish Cup Semi-Final at Hampden which is due to take play on Sunday April 17, with a 12 noon kick off.
Celtic’s statement, released on the club’s website, states:
“As the quest for a domestic double continues, Celtic are heading to Hampden next month for the Scottish Cup semi-final.
Ronny Deila’s side travel to the National Stadium for a 12noon kick-off on Sunday, April 17, having reached the final four of the competition thanks to a 3-0 victory over Greenock Morton at Celtic Park earlier this month.
Season Ticket holders who are members of the Home Cup Ticket Scheme and Season Ticket holders who have attended earlier rounds of the competition have been rewarded by being first in the queue for tickets for the Hampden match.”
Even in the detailed information on ticket arrangements (see below) the Scottish Champions and Cup favourites refrained from acknowledging the semi-final opponents as being Rangers.
Rangers went into liquidation in 2012 and a successor club, initially called Sevco, was created by founding father Charles Green. Walter Smith wished ‘the new Rangers’ every good fortune.
This is the first ever Scottish Cup semi final for the new club. They did reach the semi final of the League Cup last season before losing to Celtic by 2-0 in the first ever meeting between the clubs.
Their club shop owners, Sports Direct, released a souvenir T-shirt to commemorate the biggest occasion in the club’s short history. Celtic supporters took out newspaper advertising space to point out that they are a new club and that the support wished to have no part of the so-called ‘Old Firm’, stating that that rem died with Rangers.
Here are the ticket details for the semi-final for those interested in attending. Again this is from the official Celtic website.
The ticketing criteria is as follows:
Tickets for the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on Sunday, April 17 will be allocated to Season Ticket holders based on membership of the Home Cup Ticket Scheme (as at March 6) and in order of priority as follows:
– Season Ticket holders who attended Stranraer, East Kilbride and Greenock Morton games.
– Season Ticket holders who attended Greenock Morton and East Kilbride games.
– Season Ticket holders who attended Greenock Morton and Stranraer games.
– Season Ticket holders who attended Stranraer and East Kilbride games.
– Season Ticket Holders who have attended more than 3 away matches this season, up to and including Hamilton on February 26, and not including matches against Hearts or the re-arranged fixture against Dundee
Thereafter, any remaining tickets will be balloted among those Season Ticket holders who have attended more than two away matches this season.
Please note, the reason for the ballot is that we will not have sufficient allocation for all Season Ticket holders in this category.
We ask that Season Ticket holders do not contact the Ticket Office at this time as we cannot advise on who will be allocated a ticket.
Tickets are priced as follows:
South Stand – £28 Adults / £17 Under 16/student/65+
North Stand – £28 Adults / £17 Under 16/student/65+
East Stand – £18 Adults / £7 Under 16/student/65+
Please note: Under 16s cannot attend the match without an adult
The Ticket Office have not yet received the tickets for this match. Ticket sales arrangements will be announced on celticfc.net when the Ticket Office receives its allocation.