Ticket boost for Jambos as Rangers quota slashed

Hearts have allocated an extra 2000 tickets to their own fans for the clash with Rangers. Photograph: SNS
Hearts have allocated an extra 2000 tickets to their own fans for the clash with Rangers. Photograph: SNS
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HEARTS are making more than 2000 extra tickets available to their fans for next month’s potential top-of-the-table match with Rangers at Tynecastle.

The Edinburgh club want to prioritise their own support and have given Rangers around 1300 seats in the Roseburn Stand – less than half their previous allocation.

The match on November 22 will be a high-profile fixture and Hearts, with around 12,500 season ticket holders this year, are keen to satisfy the demand of their fans following an unbeaten start to the league season. They sit top of the SPFL Championship, six points ahead of second-placed Rangers, entering this weekend’s matches. Club officials have decided to split the Roseburn to give over 2000 seats to home fans and that leaves Rangers with around 1300 after segregation. Normal policy is for Rangers, Celtic and Hibs fans to be allocated the full Roseburn Stand, which holds 3400 people, when they visit Tynecastle.

The change is unlikely to please supporters of the Ibrox club but Hearts are intent on rewarding their fans’ loyalty. Supporters rallied after the onset of administration last year, buying season tickets and raising funds to keep the club alive. Now they will have a greater chance to see one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the season.

Hearts similarly cut Rangers’ allocation for Tynecastle in season 2005/06 as they chased a Champions League qualifying place. They were criticised for doing so at the time but the allocation reverted to normal the following year. Rangers have not played at Tynecastle since April 2012 following their well-documented financial collapse.

Tickets for the Rangers match go on sale at 9am next Wednesday, October 8. A minimal number are available in the Gorgie Stand, Wheatfield Stand and the Main Stand before the extra 2000-plus in the Roseburn. Prices for the Roseburn tickets are £23-£26 for adults, £14-£19 for concessions and £10 for under-12s.

Fans can buy tickets by calling 0871 663 1874 (option 1) or by visiting the Tynecastle ticket centre on McLeod Street.

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