Motherwell have not taken up the option to extend their allocation for the William Hill Scottish Cup final next weekend.

The Steelmen were originally handed 12,700 briefs for the clash with Celtic at Hampden Park with the option to take another batch taking their quota to nearer 15,000.

Over 6000 briefs were sold in the first 24 hours of going on sale as Motherwell fans flocked to see their side in their second cup final of the season, but SportTimes has learned the Lanarkshire club will not ask for extra tickets.

It is understood Well bosses wanted to ensure the national stadium was full for the showpiece on May 19, and are confident their original allocation well sell out in the days ahead.

This means Celtic will gain more tickets to go to their own support.

Speaking to SportTimes about the situation prior to tickets going on sale, Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows said: “We will go in with an open mind and try and be fair. The key point for me is first and foremost to make sure every Motherwell fan who wants to go to the game then can.

“But we also need to make sure the stadium is absolutely full to the brim.

“I don’t think Rangers or Celtic could say we weren’t fair or responsible in the Betfred Cup, and we will continue to be. But my first remit is to make sure every Motherwell fan who wants to be at the game can go to the game and that we satisfy demand.

“If I think we can sell 17,000 or 18,000 or however many tickets. If I think we can do it we will, but I’ll be sensible and fair.”