By Alex McLeish

26th Nov, 2021 | 7:00am

McLeish 'amazed' by Celtic controversy after statement issued

Alex McLeish has been “baffled” by the controversial decision to allocate Celtic over half of the tickets for next month’s League Cup final against Hibernian.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he understood the Edinburgh outfit’s anger at the call.

In a statement issued on Monday (22nd November), Hibs said they were “incredibly frustrated” after being given 17,500 tickets for the League Cup final after requesting a 50/50 split from the SPFL.

McLeish questioned the level of “consultation” between officials and the clubs ahead of the announcement.

He suggested Hibs would have had no trouble selling half the tickets.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “What strikes me in that is why has there not been more consultation? Surely there should be meetings in terms of: ‘This is what we’re thinking of doing? Do you agree with this, Hibs?’

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“Vehemently, if the meeting goes kind of pear-shaped, then you would think that Hibs would have spoken about that already.

“It’s amazing to think it’s just sprung upon you. That they tell you: ‘Here’s the allocation,’ without consultation.

“There must be a precedent. Something must have happened before for them to go down this route.

“You would kind of think that Celtic are going to bring more supporters but Hibs are a growing club at the moment. Jack Ross is doing really well in there and to get them to the finals is absolutely incredible.

“They will want every bit of support they can muster. I’m pretty sure that Hibs fans could fill half the stadium.

“What would be baffling is if they haven’t had talks and the agreements have not been 100 per cent in place.”

The final will at Hampden, which holds 51,000 fans.

Celtic beat St Johnstone in the semi-finals, while Hibernian saw off Rangers.

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