Ally McCoist claims Rangers deserve bigger Scottish Cup ticket allocation than Dundee United
Rangers boss Ally McCoist claims his club deserve a bigger Scottish Cup ticket allocation than Dundee United.
Last Updated: 19/03/14 1:02pm
McCoist believes the backing of the Ibrox fans in their title-winning League One campaign should be rewarded by the Scottish Football Association.
But their opponents are convinced they should be given half the ticket allocation for the game, which takes place at Ibrox due to the redevelopment work taking place at Hampden.
Rangers fans boycotted last season's encounter with United in the same competition and Jackie McNamara's side eased past the Glasgow club before eventually losing in the semi-finals to Celtic.
That match was played in front of 24,000 fans, although that attendance is higher than any Rangers crowds in the Scottish Cup this season.
McCoist said: "I don't have a problem with Dundee United getting half the tickets. It's strange the last semi-final they played at Hampden attracted a crowd of 24,000 against Celtic.
"Against Dunfermline last week we had 44,000 and they're turning up for every home game. Our fans don't just turn out for big semi-finals, they turn out every week."
The SFA claims United asked for just 8,000 tickets but United chairman Stephen Thompson insists the governing body is being "economical with the truth".
But United tried to play down the row by releasing a statement on Wednesday morning.
It read: "Regarding the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final ticketing and venue issue, the Club today held constructive discussions with senior officials from the Scottish FA and both parties have agreed to conduct future consideration on this matter in private."