Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson would love to be sitting with the Tangerine army at Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final.
In protest at Ibrox being used for last month’s semi-final against Rangers, Thompson swerved the posh seats for a place alongside his fellow-Arabs that day.
Peace has broken out between United and the ruling body but he admits if he had his way he’d been in with the ordinary punters for the clash with St Johnstone.
But a sense of duty means he’ll be in the directors’ box.
“I loved being in with the United fans at the semi. It was a great day,” he said.
“It’s how I supported United for years before I joined the board and I still miss it.
“I realise this is a Scottish Cup Final and there are certain requirements of me as chairman, so I’ll be in with the official party.”
One consolation will be gazing across the stadium at a sea of tangerine.
“I was sitting at Parkhead during our game on Sunday thinking what it’s going to be like to have so many United fans there.
“By Saturday, I’m sure we’ll have over 28,000 of our supporters there and that’s amazing.
“The way they’ve backed the club is unbelievable. It’s going to be a fantastic sight. It’s going to lift the players.”
And he’s in no doubt the style of football manager Jackie McNamara has United playing is a massive factor in the size of the support.
It’s something he’s happy to give the gaffer huge credit for.
“Look, it’s always a risk when you appoint a new manager, but Jackie impressed us last year and we moved for him.
“He’s got the team playing the kind of football fans want to see and things have worked out very well for us.
“It helps that we get on well together and have a very good working relationship but the credit goes to him for the way the team play.”
So close are chairman and manager, television cameras caught them in conversation just minutes before kick-off against Celtic at the weekend.
Thompson admits he was bemused to learn some pundits found that strange.
“They seemed to think there was something wrong. But when the players go out to warm up, the manager has 20 minutes or so when his job is done.
“We often have a chat then and there’s really nothing unusual about it.”
Thompson already has the 2010 Scottish Cup triumph to look back on as chairman, but admits experience has done little to calm his pre-final nerves.
“I’m better than I was four years ago but not much.
“I’m getting more nervous as the week goes on but it’s a good feeling.
“People have been talking in terms of how many sleeps are left until Saturday but I’m not sure I can count Friday night because I might not get any.”