CUP CASH WON’T DEAL THEM IN

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FARID El Allagui and Kallum Higginbotham are both out of contract in the summer - but the cash bonus from the money-spinning tie with Rangers WON’T go straight to tying the pair down to longer deals.

Falkirk chairman Martin Ritchie says the cash raised in the Communities Cup will go to “plugging the cash-hole” at the club, even though the dynamic duo can start speaking to clubs in January.

To maximise revenue Falkirk officials have also decided to split the main stand between home and away supporters, but all proceeds from the money-spinning match will go towards the club’s running costs and not cementing the key cogs in a playing squad that has thrilled fans early in the season.

“Contract negotiations are on-going with some of the younger players,” Ritchie admitted to Heraldsport.

“We are conscious of the contract situation of some of the other players - but many of the younger ones who have been playing well are on long-term deals.

“But we are out of the transfer window period so there isn’t too much of an urgency for talks at present.

“Money from the Rangers match will go towards the funds that the club needs and plugging the cash-hole.”

That cost-base is cited as the reason why the club has upset some season-ticket holders by asking them to move seats to accommodate extra Rangers fans in the Main Stand.

“It is a difficult decision and it may have upset some people, but the reality is the club simply cannot afford to turn the money down.

“We know Rangers carry a large support and we have to look at maximising any money we make,” said the chairman.

“What is such a shame is that Ross County drew Celtic and that attracted the live televison, otherwise it could have been even more lucrative.

“Maybe we can attract the television companies in the next round - we can hope.

“But we believe the prices for the match-tickets for the Rangers match are quite reasonable.”

However, those supporters attending will be housed in the South Stand and the southern half of the Main Stand and will be funding the club’s day-to-day running and not the retention of the forward pair who have been on top form for the first month of the season.

Between them the French-Morroccan and Englishman have hit a dozen goals in nine games, but both contracts are up in the summer.

El Allagui signed on for a year in July, with Higginbotham joining on a two-year deal in 2010.

Seven goals from Farid have already made him a cult hero among the fans and he has filled the void of Mark Stewart’s departure to Bradford City.

The situation for bringing in funds from that move has stalled again.

Falkirk issued a letter claiming up to £280,000 in development and training compensation for the striker, but the Bantams’ response was “not positive.”

“We’re still in discussion with the SFA how to proceed the matter,” added the Bairns chairman.