Aug 082012

Dons Supporters To Pack Paradise

Aberdeen have sold out their initial ticket allocation for Saturday’s tie at Celtic Park, and have had their allocation extended to allow them to meet demand.
“Financial Armageddon Looms!” Or Does it?

With the recent demise of Rangers Football Club, there has been much talk of “financial Armageddon” in certain sections of the media and in the online sports arena. The theory states that “without a strong Rangers, Scottish Football (and in particular the Scottish Premier League) will die.”

Of course, as with all opinions and theories, those who hold them are perfectly entitled to do so. However, there are endless people, including myself, who simply do not agree with the assertions of the theory mentioned above.

In fact, if anything, I believe that this turn of events may well actually help the game in Scotland, not only in the top flight, but in all divisions. I have written at some length about my belief that attendances may well rise at the majority of Scottish Premier League grounds this season, and there are encouraging signs coming out of the north east today.

Aberdeen Football Club have, through their official Twitter account, confirmed that they have not only sold out their away allocation for the season opening tie at Celtic Park this Saturday (12.45pm kick off), they have announced that they have had their away allocation extended, allowing them to meet the high levels of demand from their supporters.

This is, undoubtedly, an encouraging sign. We will have to wait and see how things pan out over the course of the season, but nevertheless it is encouraging.

I feel I should take this opportunity to congratulate the Aberdeen supporters travelling to Celtic Park this weekend not only for their support of their own club, but their support for the game as a whole. If you’re a Celtic supporter, there are still tickets available for “flag day”, and if you can afford it, I’d urge you to get along and experience a day which will (hopefully) be enjoyed by all supporters in attendance.

Let us all look forward to the start of a Scottish Premier League season free from dual contracts and financial doping. Let us all look forward to the football. After all, it’s what we pay to watch.

The Hoops are aiming to retain their Scottish Premier League title this season


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