Writer: Site Staff
Date:Sunday November 3 2013
Manager Ally McCoist had a wry smile when Parkhead was chosen to host the Scottish Cup Final - Ibrox will host the semis - but he was left 'baffled' by the decision to hold the Ramsdens Cup Final at Hibernian's Easter Road.
Ahead of the venue being selected, McCoist made it very clear that he was happy to play the game anywhere - including Murray Park's car park - as long as every fan who wanted to attend could do so, and he fails to see how those deciding on Easter Road have failed to take into account their ground capacity, can't compete with our average home attendance.
Speaking to the Official Site, McCoist admitted that for the Scottish Cup Final Parkhead was an ideal place, as Ibrox would've been with Hampden Park out of commission because of the capacity levels, but clearly that nugget of knowledge had alluded people in the Easter Road selection because our own demand for tickets will exceed the capacity, and being nice we have to accept that Raith Rovers' fans will also want to attend.
'If the Scottish Cup Final can get held at Celtic Park, I'd have thought the Ramsdens cup Final could have been held at Celtic Park too. That baffles me to be honest. If I'm the manager director of the sponsors, I'd want the biggest venue. It would have been an opportunity for coverage and revenue. That would have been more sensible to me.'
It's a very good point that our manager makes, and with no disrespect meant, if you have two teams in a final given the level the Ramsdens applies to, yes you find a ground that will be sold out with a few fans disappointed, but if one team in the final can sell out on its own the capacity of a ground you choose - well you don't have to be a rocket scientist to realise you choose a bigger ground.
Not only is that a decision you make as a fan of football fan, because clearly you want fans of both teams to enjoy the day, but purely from a financial perspective. What makes you more money 20,000 fans at £30 a ticket, or 40,000 fans at even £10 a ticket as you factor in programme sales, food and drink and so on.
Find somewhere where you can still honour 'equal' allocation for both finalists so you aren't accused of bias, and then number crunch to find the perfect ticket price that would encourage a sell out in both allocations, when you know one side will be a sell out anyway.
For McCoist, given they've selected Edinburgh anyway, he'd have preferred them to give it to Hearts who purely from a Scottish football perspective in his mind, need the money owing to their problems, so there could've been a bit of social footballing morality to the decision.
For McCoist he does qualify all of that by saying personally for him again he doesn't care, he'd play the game in a car park, but his frustration is because he knows it's going to be a rat race for tickets when it comes to the fans, and we are going to have more disappointed fans than happy ones and that's something that bugs him.
'I'm on their side, I want as many Rangers supporters in that cup final as humanly possible. We've got 36,000 season ticket holders and I don't think there's any doubt we could fill wherever with our supporters.'
Easter Road holds just over 20,000. We have 36,000 odd season ticket holders.
Again, I don't know a rocket scientist, but I don't need to be one.
Ending the interview, whilst admitting he had no problems with the selection of Parkhead, he did barb maybe it would've been wise to see how far Rangers can go in the competition first.
Date:Sunday November 3 2013
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