Hearts will consider slashing Celtic allocation

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ANN BUDGE admits Hearts will explore the possibility of cutting the away ticket allocation for Celtic fans if the two clubs are reunited in the Premiership next season.

After condemning the behaviour of visiting fans during an unsavoury Scottish Cup encounter at Tynecastle on November 30, Budge will look at ensuring fewer fans of the Glasgow side are allowed into Tynecastle in future.

She said: “I think we all agree that the kind of behaviour that was displayed that day is totally unacceptable although, in fairness, there was also a little bit of that on the Hearts side.

“If we’re in the Premiership next year, we will have to look at it because I’ve had many, many emails from supporters saying that unless we do something we won’t have any Hearts supporters at the Celtic games.”

Hearts traditionally offer Celtic, Rangers and Hibs 3400 tickets in the Roseburn Stand, but this season the Ibrox club had their allocation trimmed to just 1200 in order to accommodate extra home fans. Budge explained the club would be especially keen to do likewise with Celtic if there is a big demand from Hearts fans for tickets.

“It is within our power in league games to limit the amount of tickets we provide to the opposition,” she said. “We will have to address it when it comes, hopefully next year, and we will be making it clear to the supporters what we need them to do in order to limit the number of tickets made available to Celtic supporters.”