Around 2,000 lucky fans could land Willy Wonka golden tickets for this season’s Scottish Cup Final.
The news comes after the SFA struck an 11th-hour deal to open up the Hampden turnstiles. Record Sport revealed exclusively how chief executive Ian Maxwell had launched a late bid to convince UEFA that the national stadium should be allowed to open up for limited numbers for the end-of-season showpiece between Hibs and St Johnstone on May 22.
And European football’s governing body approved the plan on Tuesday despite originally insisting it would have to take place behind closed doors.
We understand that U-turn sparked urgent talks between Maxwell and the government in a rush to get Holyrood’s approval for more than just 500 fans to be allowed inside.
Maxwell is hoping to convince politicians and health officials that four times that amount can be safely housed.
The SFA will now apply for special permission to increase the numbers.
Earlier on Tuesday, national clinical director Jason Leitch confirmed that fans could be allowed back for the end-of-season finale – so long as it was moved away from the national stadium.
But Maxwell’s discussions with UEFA appear to have led to a late breakthrough.
UEFA released a statement later in the afternoon which read: “UEFA has been able to find a solution with the SFA to allow a limited number of fans for the Scottish Cup Final.”
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More talks were being scrambled into on Tuesday night.
A spokesman for Hibs said: “It is positive news to hear UEFA` have given approval to the SFA to have limited fans at the Scottish Cup Final. The precise number of fans is still to be determined and will depend upon gaining approval from the Scottish Government.”