How difficult can it be, in the modern age, to get to the bottom of the story which has popped up online today?
Tickets for the semi-final are on sale on a tout website at massive mark-ups.
Those tickets are like gold-dust. Celtic sent out its emails yesterday and I presume the Ibrox club has done the same.
So how did those tickets get to the market?
This is not a difficult thing to figure out.
Each ticket corresponds to a numbered seat.
So Celtic or someone close to the club should purchase one of those tickets and then make it their business to trace it to a source. There are only three possible conduits into the marketplace; Celtic, the Ibrox club or Hampden itself.
Finding out who was allocated that ticket should be as easy as pie, and Celtic must demand – demand – that it is done.
This goes on all the time. And the solution to it isn’t even hard.
By my way of thinking, if this can’t be solved then that means that someone close to the organisations or even in them is in on the scam and that person or persons should be found and fired.
This isn’t the first time that has happened lately, and there needs to be a major investigation into how it has happened here.
If that ticket was part of a batch given to one of the clubs then the clubs can easily find out who had it in their possession last. If the batch was reserved for Hampden then it’s their job to find out where these tickets originated.
But it’s somebody’s responsibility, and Celtic should be moving heaven and earth to find out what happened and where these tickets came from.
To say that the clubs don’t know and Hampden doesn’t know is absolutely untenable when every ticket is for an individual seat. Someone knows. Someone sold those tickets to the scalpers.
And that someone – whether at Ibrox, Parkhead or Hampden – needs to be found.