St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright accused the SPFL of breaking a promise and says the ticket fiasco is another example of small clubs receiving the “rough end of the stick”.
Wright backed his chairman Steve Brown’s stance over the allocation of tickets for this weekend’s League Cup semi-final clash with Hibernian at Tynecastle, which Brown described as “outrageous”.
Saints are unhappy that they weren’t given the extra tranche of briefs – which they claim they were promised by the SPFL- after fears over segregation.
Wright also alluded to the rather clumsy handling of their star Michael O’Halloran – a transfer target for Rangers – being superimposed in a Rangers top on the SFPL’s official website as just another example of the club being “trampled on”.
Meanwhile, Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs says Cup and play-off heartache endured last season is spurring his side on to beat the Saints on Saturday.
Hibs narrowly lost the Scottish Cup semi-final to Falkirk last term and also suffered defeat to Rangers in the Scottish Premiership play-offs and he says he doesn’t want to feel that pain of coming so near yet so far again.
Stubbs was also disappointed at losing Dominique Malonga in the build up to the game. Malonga completed a move to Serie B side Pro Vercelli on Wednesday but it wasn’t an easy decision to make for the Congo international, according to his boss.
Stubbs also says he will be given a striking “dilemma” over whether to play Jason Cummings and Anthony Stokes up front together on Saturday.