ABERDEEN manager Derek McInnes has described the treatment of their fans as “really unfair” after the Betfred Cup semi-final against Rangers was scheduled for a Sunday noon kick-off.
The Scottish Professional Football League has scheduled both games for Hampden on the same day – with Celtic facing Hearts at 7.45pm later on October 28 – to get around the problem of the Glasgow clubs’ Europa League duties on the previous Thursday.
Police Scotland decreed that the Aberdeen-Rangers game should be played first but both the Dons and Hearts have argued other options should have been explored with the Pittodrie club describing the decision as “appalling”.
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McInnes said: “I don’t think we are going to get a perfect scenario. The fact is our supporters are going to have to travel to Glasgow anyway, which is always the case when we get to semi-finals and finals, and we are well used to that.
“But I just feel find it really unfair and I reiterate the statement the club put out.
“For them to try and get there for an early kick-off just makes it all the more problematic. I’m sure that would have been taken into account in the decision-making process but it doesn’t seem to have been important enough.”
The first train service direct from Aberdeen to Glasgow on a Sunday is at 9:24am, but arrives at Queen Street at 12:14pm – quarter of an hour later than kick-off and miles away from the National Stadium.