A row erupted between Glasgow Rangers and Killie after the Ibrox club saw their ticket allocation cut, and Old Firm rivals Celtic have been dragged in.
Glasgow Rangers and Kilmarnock have found themselves caught up in a row which has now also brought Celtic in after the Ibrox club saw their ticket allocation for their final Scottish Premiership game of the season halved.
The Ibrox club are usually given the Moffat and Chadwick stands at Rugby Park, but they will now be housed solely in the Chadwick Stand for the league meeting in Ayrshire on 19 May, with just 4,000 tickets allocated to the Gers contingent.
In response, Rangers said in a statement - as reported by The Herald - that they were disappointed with this decision, "which will force us to consider carefully what allocation we will seek for future matches at Rugby Park" - something which could leave Killie with a shortfall in ticket revenue.
Kilmarnock chief Billy Bowie then hit back with an interview with Record Sport in which he spoke out about both Rangers and their Old Firm rivals Celtic, claiming that the club spoke to their supporters and the general consensus was that "they are intimidated when the Old Firm sides come to Rugby Park."
"So we have decided what we want to do is create an environment for them on match days where they feel absolutely safe," he added. "We want them to feel comfortable bringing their families to any Kilmarnock game and that has not always been the case."
Needless to say, Bowie's comments have not gone down too well on either the blue side or the green side of Glasgow, and Twitter saw some fans of the two clubs express their opinions on the matter:
They'll end up with their tail between their legs & skint— Craig Smith (@csljm84) April 17, 2019
They should be giving us the majority of the stadium, their home support is woeful and deserves no special treatment.— Applepine (@mrian1969) April 17, 2019
LOLZ! Tell you what, keep three stands to yourself and we’ll see how you fare financially. Tinpot.— Amsterdammer 1872 (@arthur_mac74) April 17, 2019
Kimarnock unhappy at Celtic fans conduct. Decides to reduce Rangers allocation. That makes sense I guess ♂️— Kev (@KevTS1988) April 17, 2019
So they would rather have empty stands and lose out on money from travelling Rangers and Celtic fans. A bold if not somewhat stupid financial decision. Their fans have hardly been flocking in droves to the other games at Rugby Park this season.— Stuart M (@StuartNM) April 17, 2019
If Kilmarnock can fill their stands then they’ve every right to reduce the ticket allocation to away supporters and because rangers have spat the dummy out you want to drag celtic into it too!— Matthew Doherty (@Matthew210387) April 17, 2019
Killie and other clubs sold more tickets to Celtic and rangers because they couldnt fill stands with their own fans.. if they want to cut the allocation they are well within their rights.— Hobbes© (@KeefyF) April 17, 2019
A decision for each club. We certainly want bigger crowds and hopefully more people will go and support their team.— hbk67 (@hbk67uk) April 17, 2019
Why don’t all clubs only let in their own fans the everyone can live happily. All that’s gonna happen is they cut the allocation but charge more and as most Celtic or Rangers away games are televised we wouldn’t be the ones missing out. All these smaller clubs would though— CelticRebel (@cfcdmg1888) April 17, 2019
So it's Scott Brown's fault?— Brian Feighan (@brianfeig_1888) April 17, 2019
Ffs, is there anything he doesn't get blamed for?
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