CELTIC’S Premier Sports League Cup Final rivals Hibs have claimed they are “incredibly frustrated” ahead of the Sunday December 19 clash at Hampden.

The Edinburgh side are unhappy that their request for an even ticket split with the Parkhead club for the silverware showpiece has been ignored by the football authorities.

Around 17,500 fans of the Easter Road outfit will be spread across the west end of the ground and three sections in the south stand of the 51,000 capacity arena.

MATCHWINNER…James Forrest races away after smashing in the semi-final’s only goal against St Johnstone with Callum McGregor about to join in the celebrations.

The Hoops have been allocated their traditional east side of the national stadium, plus sections in both the north and south stands.

Hibs, in a club statement, said: “We had a number of long and intense discussions with the SPFL fighting for an even split of tickets with Celtic for the League Cup Final at Hampden Park, knowing our history of selling out tickets for cup finals and for sporting integrity.

“However, they have come to the decision that we will have an allocation of approximately 17,500 tickets for the match. A decision that we are incredibly frustrated about. We made our thoughts very clear.”

MATCHWINNER…Martin Boyle slides on the Hampden turf after hitting the first of his semi-final hat-trick for Hibs.

Sales details will be revealed in the forthcoming days, but prices have been frozen at 2019 charges for the game, which will kick-off at 3pm at Hibs’ request.

The club added: ” On a positive note, we are pleased that kick-off has been scheduled for 3pm. We asked for this to be moved forward from the planned time of 4pm to help our supporters with travel to and from Hampden.”

Ange Postecoglou’s men claimed a place in the trophy showdown with a second-half strike from substitute James Forrest against holders St Johnstone while, 24 hours later, a hat-trick from Martin Boyle dumped their Ibrox opponents in a runaway 3-1 victory for the Leith club.

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