Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh gives away Europa League final ticket to lucky Rangers fan
Famous Edinburgh author, Irvine Welsh, sparked a frenzy on Thursday morning by offering a free Europa League final ticket to one lucky fan.
The Trainspotting writer is well known as being an avid Hibee but the capital icon is also known to have a soft spot for West Ham.
The Hammers were in the opposite semi-final to Rangers FC in the Europa League but failed to get past Eintracht Frankfurt who will play the Glasgow side on Wednesday in Seville in the competition's final.
As a result of the Irons being in the semi-final, Welsh applied for a final ticket and appears to have been successful along with 13,000 other fans across Europe.
But since his team have not progressed to the penultimate match - he offered to transfer it to one lucky Blue Nose so that they could watch the once in a lifetime final.
In a Tweet this morning, he said: “As @WestHam unfortunately didn’t make the Europa final, I now have a spare ticket. Rather than waste it I would like to donate it to a Rangers fan. This is not a hoax, please get in touch if interested. Will need details to transfer it to your phone as guest for UEFA security.”
But just half an hour later, the ticket had been snapped up and Welsh confirmed that he would be transferring the ticket to one lucky fan.
He tweeted: “Hi everyone just to say that the ticket has gone to a guy on here - he’s been in touch with his details and we’re just waiting on UEFA completing the transfer. Sorry I couldn’t have helped out more people who wanted to see the game. If any @WestHam mates are holding, check my TL.”
One Twitter user responded by saying: “I would be interested in Irvine, travelling with friends and everyone has a ticket bar me.”
Irvine responded by saying I have DM’d you - insinuating that the man may be the lucky fan to go see his Scottish in a European final.
Tickets for the game in Spain are currently being sold online for over £1,500 - with some coming with an eye watering price tag of £10,000.
The ticket allocation for both Rangers and Frankfurt stands are 9,500 each with 13,000 tickets having been sold to the general public by UEFA.
The remaining allocation for the stadium, that holds just over 40,000, will go to UEFA sponsors and corporate partners - something that has been heavily criticised by teams.